Tuomas Eerola

Tuomas Eerola is a professor of music cognition at Durham University, specializing in music psychology, particularly emotions induced by music. He holds a PhD in Musicology from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
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Why Sad Songs Say So Much

We avoid sadness in everyday life, so why is the emotion enjoyed and celebrated in music? Tear-jerkers such as Adele’s "Someone Like You" frequently top the charts these days, while gloomy classical compositions like Mozart’s "Requiem" have moved people for centuries. Both portray and bring about a strong sense of loss and sadness. But our enjoyment of sad music is paradoxical—we go out... Continue Reading

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