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Multiple Regression Modeling of the Emotional Content of Film and Music

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Our research seeks to model the effect of music on the perceived emotional content of film media. We used participants’ ratings of the emotional content of film-alone, music-alone, and film-music pairings for a collection of emotionally neutral film clips and emotionally provocative music segments. Mapping the results onto a three-dimensional emotion space, we observed a strong relationship between the ratings of the film- and music-alone clips, and those of the film-music pairs. Previously, we modeled the ratings in each dimension independently. We now develop models, using stepwise regression, to describe the film-music ratings using quadratic terms, and based on all dimensions simultaneously. We demonstrate that while linear-terms are sufficient for single emotion dimension models, regression models that consider multiple emotion dimensions yield better results.

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