Emotional reactions mediate the effect of music listening on creative thinking: Perspective of the arousal-and-mood hypothesis

Jing Mavis HE WU, Wan-Chi WONG, Na Na Anna HUI

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Abstract

This study examined the effect of music listening on creative thinking through the lens of the arousal-and-mood hypothesis, which posits that emotional reactions (i.e., arousal and valence) mediate the effect of music listening on cognitive functioning. Participants were randomly assigned to three groups: a positive music group (n = 198), a negative music group (n = 195), and a control group (n = 191). Creative thinking and emotional reactions were assessed with the Test for Creative Thinking-Drawing Production and the Affect Grid, respectively. The results showed that both positively and negatively arousing music enhanced creative thinking. The results further revealed that arousal, regardless of valence, significantly mediated the music-creativity relationship. This study enriches the research on the arousal-and-mood hypothesis by (1) providing direct empirical testing on the mediating roles of emotional reactions; (2) including both positively and negatively arousing music in the study design; and (3) identifying that only arousal, and not valence, was a significant mediator in the music-creativity link. Copyright © 2017 He, Wong and Hui.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1680
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

Citation

He, W.-J., Wong, W.-C., & Hui, A. N.-N. (2017, September). Emotional reactions mediate the effect of music listening on creative thinking: Perspective of the arousal-and-mood hypothesis. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, Article 1680. Retrieved November 3, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01680

Keywords

  • Emotional reactions
  • Music listening
  • Creative thinking
  • Arousal-and-mood hypothesis
  • Mediating effect

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