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Symphony Patrons Learn over Time to Emotionally React to Classical Music

While new symphony attendees listen to classical music (top graph), we almost never see spikes in their skin conductance: they are unable to react to the music. However, frequent symphony attendees react much more to the music (bottom graph). Perhaps symphony patrons are able to notice the subtler changes in chords and instruments or are more familiar with the pieces. Because novice listeners struggle to emotionally react but expert listeners are full of emotional reactions, classical concerts need to have other ways of providing stimulation for novice listeners.

Transitions Between Mediums Captivate Us   Maria drifted off during her first classical concert, but every time the host came up, her skin conductance increased. The novel different sight of the host heightened her arousal. However, this spike is temporary; the longer the host stayed on the stage the more her arousal decreased.  Emotional transitions are quick and potent .

Transitions Between Mediums Captivate Us

Maria drifted off during her first classical concert, but every time the host came up, her skin conductance increased. The novel different sight of the host heightened her arousal. However, this spike is temporary; the longer the host stayed on the stage the more her arousal decreased. Emotional transitions are quick and potent.