Melodious Micro-frissons: Detecting Music Genres from Skin Response

Jessica Sharmin Rahman, Tom Gedeon, Sabrina Caldwell, Richard Jones, Md Zakir Hossain, Xuanying Zhu

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The relationship between music and human physiological signals has been a topic of interest among researchers for many years. Understanding this relationship can not only lead to more enhanced music therapy methods, but it may also help in finding a cure to mental disorders and epileptic seizures that are triggered by certain music. In this paper, we investigate the effects of 3 different genres of music in participants' Electrodermal Activity (EDA). Signals were recorded from 24 participants while they listened to 12 music stimuli. Various feature selection methods were applied to a number of features which were extracted from the signals. A simple neural network using Genetic Algorithm (GA) feature selection can reach as high as 96.8% accuracy in classifying 3 different music genres. Classification based on participants' subjective rating of emotion reaches 98.3% accuracy with the Statistical Dependency (SD) / Minimal Redundancy Maximum Relevance (MRMR) feature selection technique. This shows that human emotion has a strong correlation with different types of music. In the future this system can be used to distinguish music based on their positive of negative effect on human mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728119854
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Event2019 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2019 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Jul 14 2019Jul 19 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks


Conference2019 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2019


  • Classification
  • Electro-dermal Activity
  • Music Therapy
  • Physiological Signals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence


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