Presentation Title

The Effects of Music on Mood

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

April 2020

Major Field of Study

Psychology

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Veronica Fruiht, PhD

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

tudies investigating motivations for listening to sad music typically report claims by listeners that an improved mood is amongst the primary reasons for listening to sad music (Saarikallio, 2008). But, evidence shows that moods decrease (Saarikallio & Erkkilä, 2007). Research does suggest that sad music can also bring about psychological benefits. People with high tendencies towards reflectiveness may find that sad music can be used as a tool for processing their negative emotions resulting in an overall improvement in mood (Garrido & Schubert, 2013; Trapnell & Campbell, 1999). Sample will consist of 30 participants of college students from classrooms and social media. Participants will take Trapnell and Campbell’s Rumination Reflection Questionnaire (1999), Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (Hepler, J., & Albarracín, D. (2013). The survey asked a sample of college students to measure their moods before and after listening to a sad piece of self selected music. Trapnell and Campbell’s Rumination Reflection Questionnaire (1999) to measure whether participants are ruminators prior to selecting music. Additionally students were asked about their perception of psychological benefits of listening to sad music when experiencing negative emotions. Lastly, participants were asked demographic questions such as age, gender and ethnicity. Through this research, it is expected that sad music will have a more negative impact on ruminators compared to non-ruminators. The goal of this research is to see the effects of sad music amongst ruminators and non-ruminators.

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This presentation was accepted for the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference at Dominican University of California. The Conference was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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The Effects of Music on Mood

tudies investigating motivations for listening to sad music typically report claims by listeners that an improved mood is amongst the primary reasons for listening to sad music (Saarikallio, 2008). But, evidence shows that moods decrease (Saarikallio & Erkkilä, 2007). Research does suggest that sad music can also bring about psychological benefits. People with high tendencies towards reflectiveness may find that sad music can be used as a tool for processing their negative emotions resulting in an overall improvement in mood (Garrido & Schubert, 2013; Trapnell & Campbell, 1999). Sample will consist of 30 participants of college students from classrooms and social media. Participants will take Trapnell and Campbell’s Rumination Reflection Questionnaire (1999), Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (Hepler, J., & Albarracín, D. (2013). The survey asked a sample of college students to measure their moods before and after listening to a sad piece of self selected music. Trapnell and Campbell’s Rumination Reflection Questionnaire (1999) to measure whether participants are ruminators prior to selecting music. Additionally students were asked about their perception of psychological benefits of listening to sad music when experiencing negative emotions. Lastly, participants were asked demographic questions such as age, gender and ethnicity. Through this research, it is expected that sad music will have a more negative impact on ruminators compared to non-ruminators. The goal of this research is to see the effects of sad music amongst ruminators and non-ruminators.