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J Exp Psychol Gen. 2017 Sep;146(9):1360-1365. doi: 10.1037/xge0000329.

Blame it on the bossa nova: Transfer of perceived sexiness from music to touch.

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1
Department of Neurology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.
2
Department of Neurophysics, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.
3
Department of Neuropsychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.
4
Department of Psychology/York Neuroimaging Centre, University of York.

Abstract

Emotion elicited through music transfers to subsequent processing of facial expressions. Music may accordingly function as a social technology by promoting social bonding. Here, we investigated whether music would cross-modally influence the perception of sensual touch, a behavior related to mating. A robot applied precisely controlled gentle touch to a group of healthy participants while they listened to music that varied with respect to its perceived sexiness. As the perceived sexiness of the music increased, so did the subjective sexiness of the touch stimulations. In short, the perception of sexiness transferred from music to touch. Because sensual touch is key to mating behavior and relates to procreation, this association has implications for the universality and evolutionary significance of music. (PsycINFO Database Record.

PMID:
28846006
DOI:
10.1037/xge0000329
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