Aesthetic and emotional effects of meter and rhyme in poetryCitation formats

  • Authors:
  • Christian Obermeier
  • Winfried Menninghaus
  • Martin von Koppenfels
  • Tim Raettig
  • Maren Schmidt-Kassow
  • And 2 others
  • External authors:
  • Sascha Otterbein
  • Sonja A. Kotz

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Aesthetic and emotional effects of meter and rhyme in poetry. / Obermeier, Christian; Menninghaus, Winfried; Koppenfels, Martin von; Raettig, Tim; Schmidt-Kassow, Maren; Otterbein, Sascha; Kotz, Sonja A.

In: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 4, Article 10, 2013.

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Harvard

Obermeier, C, Menninghaus, W, Koppenfels, MV, Raettig, T, Schmidt-Kassow, M, Otterbein, S & Kotz, SA 2013, 'Aesthetic and emotional effects of meter and rhyme in poetry', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 4, Article 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00010

APA

Obermeier, C., Menninghaus, W., Koppenfels, M. V., Raettig, T., Schmidt-Kassow, M., Otterbein, S., & Kotz, S. A. (2013). Aesthetic and emotional effects of meter and rhyme in poetry. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, [Article 10]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00010

Vancouver

Obermeier C, Menninghaus W, Koppenfels MV, Raettig T, Schmidt-Kassow M, Otterbein S et al. Aesthetic and emotional effects of meter and rhyme in poetry. Frontiers in Psychology. 2013;4. Article 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00010

Author

Obermeier, Christian ; Menninghaus, Winfried ; Koppenfels, Martin von ; Raettig, Tim ; Schmidt-Kassow, Maren ; Otterbein, Sascha ; Kotz, Sonja A. / Aesthetic and emotional effects of meter and rhyme in poetry. In: Frontiers in Psychology. 2013 ; Vol. 4.

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