Memory improvement in aging as a function of exposure to mood-matching music

Ward, Emma V. ORCID logoORCID:, Isac, Alex, Donnelly, Maria, Van Puyvelde, Martine and Franco, Fabia ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Memory improvement in aging as a function of exposure to mood-matching music. Acta Psychologica, 212 , 103206. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0001-6918 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103206)

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This study examined the effect of matching musical emotion and the mood of the listener on working memory and free recall in normal aging. Memory measures were taken at baseline in healthy young and older participants, and, following a happy or sad mood induction, again after exposure to both mood-matching and -mismatching music in a counterbalanced repeated measures design. Compared to baseline, [i] recall was greater following mood-matching than mood-mismatching music in both groups, and was reduced following mood-mismatching music in older adults, [ii] working memory was greater in the mood-matching condition, but did not differ from baseline in the mismatching condition. The results have significant implications for the increasingly popular forms of intervention involving music used with older populations experiencing cognitive decline.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Aging, Mood, Music, Recall, Working memory
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 31258
Notes on copyright: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
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Depositing User: Emma Ward
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2020 13:02
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:05

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