Collaboration, cognitive effort, and self-reference in United Kingdom top 5 pop music lyrics 1960–2015

Krause, Amanda E., and North, Adrian C. (2020) Collaboration, cognitive effort, and self-reference in United Kingdom top 5 pop music lyrics 1960–2015. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 14 (3). pp. 294-300.

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Abstract

This research investigated associations between the lyrics of every song to have reached the weekly U.K. Top 5 singles chart from 1960 to 2015 and the number of people responsible for recording each song. Following computerized content analysis of the lyrics of the 4,534 unique songs, the results showed that the number of musicians involved was negatively related to use of cognitive terms, consistent with previous research on social loafing, and was also negatively related to instances of self-reference and use of language concerning social interaction, arguably in reflection of the inherent constraints on such that arise from collaborating with others.

Item ID: 62732
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1931-3896
Keywords: lyrics, music, social loafing, self-reference, social interaction
Copyright Information: © 2019 American Psychological Association. In accordance with the publisher's policies, the Author Accepted Manuscript of this article is available Open Access from ResearchOnline@JCU.
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 06:18
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 70%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190406 Music Composition @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 70%
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