The comparison of happy and sad music on mood and task-switching

Miller, S., and Au, A. (2010) The comparison of happy and sad music on mood and task-switching. In: Proceedings of the 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. p. 29. From: 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, 8-10 April 2010, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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This study aimed to compare happy and sad music on mood arousal and task-switching. Twenty-eight undergraduates participated in both music conditions which were administered on different days. In each condition, positive and negative affect were measured by PANAS before and after music exposure. Finger tapping was obtained during music listening. Error rates and response times in task-switching were measured immediately after music exposure, but before the PANAS post test. Results showed that listening to sad music significantly decreased positive affect but listening to happy music did not improve the positive affect. Both types of music did not induce significant changes in negative effect. Participants tapped more in happy music than in sad music, but there were no differences in both response times and error rates between the two music conditions. Different types of music may selectively affect only certain emotions, and can have differential effects on various behavioural and cognitive measures.

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Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
ISBN: 978-0-909881-42-9
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