Subjective openness

Kind of trance that can be experienced by music listeners that lowers the threshold of belief required to open to the diegetic world. It can provide a suspension of the real over the imaginary, emotions over rational.


  • Sets the emotional bath in which the story resides
  • Can improve the context understanding through unconscious perception
  • Can also mislead the audience

Related induced effect: Anempathetic sound
Related inductor effect: Impact of musical genres; Emotional inventory
Opposite effect: Empathetic sound

(Sonnenschein, 2001)

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