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Music hath charms: the effects of valence and arousal on recovery following an acute stressor

Sandstrom, GM and Russo, FA (2010) 'Music hath charms: the effects of valence and arousal on recovery following an acute stressor.' Music and Medicine, 2 (3). pp. 137-143. ISSN 1943-8621

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of valence and arousal dimensions of music on physiological and subjective recovery from stress, and how these effects might be moderated by trait absorption. In Experiment 1, 40 participants experienced stress after being told to prepare a speech, and then listened to peaceful music or white noise. In Experiment 2, 88 participants experienced stress using the same methodology, and then listened to happy, peaceful, sad or agitated music. Music with a positive valence promoted recovery better than music with a negative valence, and low arousal music was more effective than high arousal music. In both experiments, differences in recovery were largely driven by individuals who were high in absorption. Music hath charms : effects of valence, arousal, and absorption on the regulation of stress - ResearchGate. Available from: [accessed Oct 21, 2015].

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: arousal; emotion; music; stress; valence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 16:21
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:07

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