London, Sep 6: Music is a soul for range of emotions and it can even influence our sense of touch. The more sexy the music, more sensual becomes the feel of touch, according to the study.
“We have observed that the sexier we perceive music, the sexier we also perceive touch that is administered simultaneously,” said study leader Tom Fritz.
The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, involved a robot administering incognito touches.
Participants placed their forearm through a curtain and controlled by robot movement with the piece of music measured on a scale of being “not at all sexy” and “extremely sexy”.
In the experiment, the researchers found that the sexiness of music is related to the touch experience.
Interestingly, after the research it was found that the music still had the same effect regarding sexiness of touch.
Using a robot’s automatically controlled brush did not just ensure that the duration and intensity of contact was always the same, it could additionally demonstrate that the observed transfer effects from music to touch are based on very basal mechanisms — rather than by a person’s imagination to be touched by a person of a certain sex or attractiveness who listens to the same music.
“Music seems to change our perception of touch. Certain features seem to be transferred from music to touch,” Fritz said.
The emotional expression in single musical sounds follows the same dynamics and flow as emotional expression with touch, the study said.