A self-regulatory perspective on choosing ‘sad’ music to enhance mood.
1a) It was expected that for most music selection strategies mood-enhancement would be achieved indirectly by first achieving other functions rather than directly as a result of the music listening. 1b) In line with self-regulation literature it was expected that the functions cognitive and distraction would play an important mediating role in achieving mood-enhancement. 2) It was expected that when the aesthetic value of the music had played an important role in the music selection, then experiencing mood-enhancement could be achieved directly as a result of the music listening and this could not be explained as a result of mediating roles of other functions.
Citation:Van den Tol, A. J. M. and Edwards, J. (2012) A self-regulatory perspective on choosing ‘sad’ music to enhance mood. Proceedings of the 12th international conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, July 23- 28, Thessaloniki, Greece.