Daydreams and trait affect: The role of the listener’s state of mind in the emotional response to music

Martarelli, Corinna; Mayer, Boris; Mast, Fred (2016). Daydreams and trait affect: The role of the listener’s state of mind in the emotional response to music. Consciousness and cognition, 46, pp. 27-35. Elsevier 10.1016/j.concog.2016.09.014

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Music creates room for the mind to wander, mental time travel, and departures into more fantastical worlds. We examined the mediating role of daydreams and the moderating function of personality differences for the emotional response to music by using a moder- ated mediation approach. The results showed that the valence of daydreams played a medi- ating role in the reaction to the musical experience: happy music was related to more positive daydreams, which were associated with greater relaxation with the happy music and to greater liking of the happy music. Furthermore, negative affect (trait) moderated the direct effect of sad vs. happy music on the liking of the music: individuals with high scores on negative affect preferred sad music. The results are discussed with regard to the inter- play of general and personality-specific processes as it is relevant to better understand the effects music can have on the listeners.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Martarelli, Corinna; Mayer, Boris and Mast, Fred

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1053-8100

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Corinna Martarelli

Date Deposited:

27 Oct 2016 16:23

Last Modified:

06 Sep 2017 08:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.concog.2016.09.014

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.88880

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/88880

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