This article is an adapted version of the Keynote Address for the 10th conference for Music and the Moving Image delivered by Professor of Psychology Siu-Lan Tan at NYU Steinhardt, on May 29, 2015. It provides an overview of the empirical research on film music and invites collaboration between the humanities, arts and experimental sciences.

Color versions of some of the figures and a link to a video used in this article can be found here: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/mmi/media/psychology_of_film_music/.

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