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The role of music-induced emotions on recognition memory of filmed events

Damjanovic, L and Kawalec, A (2021) The role of music-induced emotions on recognition memory of filmed events. Psychology of Music. ISSN 0305-7356

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The present study investigated the effects of pairing a comedic movie trailer with emotive music on subsequent recognition memory of the events depicted in the trailer. In an independent groups design, the comedic trailer was paired with happy music (congruent condition) or sad music (incongruent condition). A no music condition served as the control condition. The results showed that participants in the incongruent condition displayed a recognition memory advantage for visual test items over participants in the congruent and control conditions. While changes in self-reported positive and negative affect did not correlate significantly with recognition memory, the perception of emotion-specific categories did. These findings help to establish an empirical basis of ironic contrast techniques and propose an affective component in the integration and representation of audiovisual action that is likely to emerge where a participant perceives or recognizes expressed emotions in music, without necessarily feeling an overall positive or negative affect.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies in Education, 1701 Psychology, 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 09:13
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 05:05
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/03057356211033344
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15429
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