The impact of music on affect during anger inducing drives

Marjolein D. Van Der Zwaag*, Stephen Fairclough, Elena Spiridon, Joyce H.D.M. Westerink

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Abstract

Driver anger could be potentially harmful for road safety and long-term health. Because of its mood inducing properties, music is assumed to be a potential medium that could prevent anger induction during driving. In the current study the influence of music on anger, mood, skin conductance, and systolic blood pressure was investigated during anger inducing scenarios in a driving simulator. 100 participants were split into five groups: four listened to different types of music (high / low energy in combination with both positive / negative valence) or a no music control. Results showed that anger induction was highest during high energy negative music compared to positive music irrespective of energy level. Systolic blood pressure and skin conductance levels were higher during high energy negative music and no music compared to low energy music. Music was demonstrated to mediate the state of anger and therefore can have positive health benefits in the long run.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAffective Computing and Intelligent Interaction - 4th International Conference, ACII 2011, Proceedings
Pages407-416
Number of pages10
EditionPART 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event4th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2011 - Memphis, TN, United States
Duration: 9 Oct 201112 Oct 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume6974 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMemphis, TN
Period9/10/1112/10/11

Keywords

  • Anger
  • blood pressure
  • mood
  • music
  • simulated drive
  • skin conductance

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