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Keynote Address The Emotional Power of Music: Aesthetic and Clinical Implications

Klaus R. Scherer, PhD, University of Geneva, Switzerland

March 25, 2011
53 minutes
Klaus Scherer


Klaus Scherer is Professor of Psychology and director of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences in Geneva. He is a specialist in the psychology of emotion.He is known for editing the Handbook of Affective Sciences and several other influential articles on emotions, expression, personality and music. He is also a founding editor of the APA journal Emotion. Scherer is also known for the The Component Process Model (CPM), his major theory of emotions. It regards emotions as the synchronization of many different cognitive and physiological components. Emotions are identified with the overall process whereby low level cognitive appraisals - in particular the processing of relevance - trigger bodily reactions, behaviours and subjective feelings.