Summary #774

Here’s Why Spiky Shapes Seem Angry And Round Sounds Are Calming

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  • Series of five studies provides interesting findings about the fundamental process which we use to read emotions from properties of images and sounds.
  • They explored how the “Spectral Centroid” (average of different frequencies of a spectrum created by breaking down images and sounds) influences emotions.
  • Apparently, the SC of someone’s voice or movements gives us a clear signal about their emotions.
  • Same goes for shapes and sounds -- for example, low-SC (ie smooth) shapes and sounds cause feelings of calmness or sadness.

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