Type of Document Thesis Author Gunn, Renee Elizabeth URN etd-06272003-153912 Title The Effect of Music on Color Induced Mood Affects Degree Master of Music Department Music, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Jayne M. Standley Committee Chair Clifford K. Madsen Committee Member Dianne Gregory Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2003-01-01 Availability restricted AbstractThis study was designed to examine the effects of
music, either stimulating/irritating or relaxing/melancholy, upon mood that was induced by exposure to red, blue or fluorescent light. The study was conducted at Florida State University in
Tallahassee, FL. There were 90 subjects from the age of 18 to 52.
There were 3 groups of 30 subjects. Each group was
exposed to a various color light, but underwent the same series of silence, followed by stimulating/irritating music and finally
by relaxing/melancholy music. After each phase of the series subjects were asked to rate their stress or tension levels and to describe their mood and the music that they had just heard.
Data analysis showed that there is a significant
effect of music and color light upon mood and a significant interaction of music and color combined upon mood. Percentages calculated based upon the number of people in each group that selected adjectives in each group of the Hevner adjective circle showed that the mood portrayed by the music does not always correspond to the mood experienced by the listener.
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