The effect of mood on attention to global and local characteristics of music
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The effect of mood on global and local processing was studied in 60 undergraduate psychology students, half of which were randomly assigned to a positive condition and the other half to a negative condition. Each participant carried out same-different judgements on pairs of melodies that were either the same, or altered globally or locally. Key findings included significant differences in performance for all melodies; however despite a trend for enhanced local processing in a negative mood compared to a positive mood, the effect of mood on global and local processing failed to reach statistical significance. These findings suggest that mood may not have a strong influence on processing in auditory perception.
Pope, J. (2011) 'The effect of mood on attention to global and local characteristics of music', The Plymouth Student Scientist, 4(1), p. 259-275.