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date: 20 April 2019

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The chapter examines the emotional power or nonmusical sound in games, and addresses the way sound effects are used to shape the overall game experience. In the majority of games, sound is used together with other game elements, and often its role is greatest as an unconscious affective modifier. Drawing on theories from cognitive psychology, psychoacoustics, and the neuroscience of emotion, the chapter offers a comprehensive explanation of the cognitive processes that determine the emotional quality of game sound. It traces the way the brain employs audio information in multimodal perception, how sound guides reasoning in narrative comprehension and goal-driven action, and how affective reactions triggered by associative reasoning come to influence the emotional outcome of gaming.

Keywords: game sound, computer games, sound effects, nonmusical sound, emotion, affect, cognitive theory

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