No matter how old you are, when you hear the theme song to your favorite show playing in the next room, the strongest impulse is always to run over and plop yourself down in front of the screen in unabashed anticipation for the episode to start. It’s almost as if the person who composed the theme had your psychology down to a science. That may very well be the case. The network BBC, which is responsible for syndicating some of the best quality programming of the last century, is trying to tap into how audiences react to their program theme songs.
The Musical Moods experiment for National Science & Engineering Week UK is a sound experiment that aims to find out how viewers categorize the mood of certain BBC-TV theme tunes (past and present). It aims to find out whether there are new ways of classifying online TV content through the mood of the music rather than the program genre itself.
The whole experiment takes about ten minutes and is incredibly easy. You listen to themes and answer a few questions about each theme afterward. Click here to participate!
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Interested in how music affects emotion and the human brain? Here is a useful list of seven essential books on just that topic from Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings blog: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/03/21/must-read-books-music-emotion-brain/