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Aesthetic responses to music: A questionnaire study

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Aesthetic responses to music : A questionnaire study. / Istok, Eva; Brattico, Elvira; Jacobsen, Thomas; Krohn, Kaisu; Mueller, Mira; Tervaniemi, Mari.

In: Musicae Scientiae, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2009, p. 183-206.

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Harvard

Istok, E, Brattico, E, Jacobsen, T, Krohn, K, Mueller, M & Tervaniemi, M 2009, 'Aesthetic responses to music: A questionnaire study', Musicae Scientiae, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 183-206.

APA

Istok, E., Brattico, E., Jacobsen, T., Krohn, K., Mueller, M., & Tervaniemi, M. (2009). Aesthetic responses to music: A questionnaire study. Musicae Scientiae, 13(2), 183-206.

CBE

Istok E, Brattico E, Jacobsen T, Krohn K, Mueller M, Tervaniemi M. 2009. Aesthetic responses to music: A questionnaire study. Musicae Scientiae. 13(2):183-206.

MLA

Istok, Eva et al. "Aesthetic responses to music: A questionnaire study". Musicae Scientiae. 2009, 13(2). 183-206.

Vancouver

Istok E, Brattico E, Jacobsen T, Krohn K, Mueller M, Tervaniemi M. Aesthetic responses to music: A questionnaire study. Musicae Scientiae. 2009;13(2):183-206.

Author

Istok, Eva ; Brattico, Elvira ; Jacobsen, Thomas ; Krohn, Kaisu ; Mueller, Mira ; Tervaniemi, Mari. / Aesthetic responses to music : A questionnaire study. In: Musicae Scientiae. 2009 ; Vol. 13, No. 2. pp. 183-206.

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