Measuring Emotion at the Boston Symphony Orchestra
The experiment was designed to address the following research questions:
1) To track the communication of emotion over time from the conductor, to the musicians, and finally to the audience.
2) To quantify differences in arousal and impact between being at a live concert and seeing a broadcast of one.
3) To characterize and quantify any differences in emotional levels and type of emotion experienced from the conductor to the musicians and the musicians to the audience.
The project was generously supported by Delsys, Thought Technologies, Body Media, and by grants from VRQ, CFI and SSHRC.
Dr. Teresa Marrin Nakra, Artistic Director, Immersion Music Inc.
Asst. Professor of Music, The College of New Jersey
Dr. Dan Levitin, Associate Professor of Psychology, McGill University
Bell Chair in the Psychology of Electronic Communication
Dr. Stephen McAdams, Professor of Music and Canada Research Chair, McGill University
Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media & Technology
Boston Symphony Orchestra Collaborators:
Myran Parker-Brass, Director, BSO Office of Education and Community Outreach
Leslie Wu Foley, Assistant Director
David Andre, BodyMedia Inc.
Gianluca DeLuca, Delsys Inc.
Dr. Yuri Ivanov
Jahangir Nakra, Nakra Labs Inc.