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ERIC Number: EJ914515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7356
On Auditing Auditory Information: The Influence of Mood on Memory for Music
Houston, David; Haddock, Geoffrey
Psychology of Music, v35 n2 p201-212 Apr 2007
Previous research suggests that memory for music possesses a number of similarities to the more frequently studied modalities of verbal and visual memory. The present study addresses a yet uninvestigated factor involved in the memory for music: mood. Specifically, the study explored whether a mood-congruency effect is attained using major and minor keys as memory stimuli. Sixty undergraduate students were placed in a positive, negative, or neutral (i.e. baseline) mood. They were then presented with four major and four minor melodies, and, following a short delay, underwent a recognition task for the melodies. The results showed the presence of a highly significant mood-congruency effect. In a positive mood, melodies in major keys were better recognized than melodies in minor keys, whereas the reverse effect was seen for negative moods. Results are discussed in terms of how these findings relate to previous work on memory for music and linguistics. (Contains 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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