ERIC Number: ED240041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Music, Hemisphere Preference and Imagery.
Stratton, Valerie N.; Zalanowski, Annette H.
Two experiments were conducted to determine a possible relationship between the right hemisphere, music perception, and mental imagery. The first experiment compared two groups of college students, one of which showed a preference for left hemisphere thinking (n=22) and the other a preference for right hemisphere thinking (n=20), in order to test the hypothesis that right hemisphere subjects would have more vivid imagery and that music would facilitate imagery in both groups. A total of 19 students filled out the questionnaire on imagery in silence while the remaining 23 did so while listening to classical music. Results indicated that while right hemisphere subjects consistently recorded more vivid images under silent conditions, there was no appreciable difference in image formation recorded while listening to music. This suggests that music may inhibit image formation among right hemisphere individuals while facilitating imagery in left hemisphere individuals. In a follow-up experiment to test the relationship between image formation and interference, two groups of students listened to electronic music for 15 minutes and then recorded their reactions. Right hemisphere subjects recorded three times as many images as left hemisphere subjects, thus supporting the idea that playing music while requiring right hemisphere subjects to form special images creates interference between music-elicited images and the suggested images. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Meeting (54th, Philadelphia, PA, April 6-9, 1983).