GEneva Music-Induced Affect Checklist

A brief instrument for the rapid assessment of Musically Induced Emotions

The systematic study of music-induced emotions requires standardized measurement instruments to reliably assess the nature of affective reactions to music, which tend to go beyond garden-variety basic emotions. The GEMIAC provides such tool - a checklist for rapid assessment of music-induced affect, designed to extend and complement the Geneva Emotional Music Scale. The checklist contains a selection of affect and emotion categories that are frequently used in the literature to refer to emotional reactions to music. The development of the checklist focused on an empirical investigation of the semantic structure of the relevant terms, combined with fuzzy classes based on a series of hierarchical cluster analyses. Two versions of the checklist for assessing the intensity and frequency of affective responses to music are proposed.  

Cross-cultural adaptation

We suggest that you read our guidelines if you intend to translate GEMIAC to a new language and please let us know if you have translated it to a new language. If you need our support do not hesitate in sending us an email. At present, GEMIAC is available in English (original version), German (thanks to Dr Juliane Voelker and Professor Klaus Scherer) and Japanese (
thanks to Dr Daichi Sugawara  and colleagues from the University of Tsukuba)


Coutinho, E., Scherer, K. R. (2017). Introducing the GEneva Music-Induced Affect Checklist (GEMIAC): A Brief Instrument for the Rapid Assessment of Musically Induced Emotions. Music Perception, 34(4), pp. 371-386. DOI: 10.1525/MP.2017.34.4.371.


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