Music On The Mind Lecture 4: The Paradox Of Tragedy: Why Do We Like Sad Music?

Dr Sandra Garrido

Melbourne Recital Centre

13/10/2014

6:00 pm

Human society puts a high value on the attainment of happiness. Why then, do people willing listen to music that makes them feel sad? This attraction to tragedy has puzzled philosophers since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. This lecture will consider the philosophical arguments that have been proposed throughout the centuries as well as looking at recent empirical research investigating the phenomenon. It will be argued that listening to sad music can serve useful psychological functions for many people while forming part of unhealthy emotion regulation patterns in other individuals.

Although this event is free, bookings are essential. Tickets can be booked through the Melbourne Recital Centre website. Podcasts of the lecture will be available a few days after the event on the Melbourne Recital Centre website.