University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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In this study researchers evaluated whether self-reported moods would be differentially affected by the focus of attention (i.e., focusing on the music vs. focusing on one’s own mood), and whether unfamiliar music from different periods would differentially affect reported moods. Participants (N = 75) were assigned to two focus conditions randomly and filled out the Brief Mood Introspection Scale (BMIS) while listening to nine music selections representing three different musical periods. Results showed that focusing on music rather than one’s own internal mood elicited a higher magnitude of mood responses, and that people tended to experience differences in mood as a function of different composers. Limitations and future directions of the study are further discussed.
Holland, Hailey; Ozuru, Yasuhiro; and Machado, Mychal A.
"A Preliminary Evaluation of the Effects of Unfamiliar Music and Focus on Mood,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 29:
1, Article 15.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol29/iss1/15