The dissertation “Everyday music listening: The importance of individual and situational factors for musical emotions and stress reduction” by Marie Helsing is based on results from a questionnaire survey along with results from an intervention study in which an experimental group listen to music every day for two weeks while a control group received relaxation without music.
The results showed an association between daily music listening and improved health. Participants in the experimental group experienced more frequent and more intense positive emotions associated with music listening compared with the control group. During music listening, a reduction in perceived stress coincided with a decrease in levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Furthermore, they found a correlation between stress-reducing effects and how much you liked the music. The music they liked most had the greatest effect.
The dissertation will be publicly defended on the 17th of February 2012, 10.00 AM – 14:00 AM, at Sal F1, Psykologiska institutionen, Haraldsgatan 1, Göteborg. The opponent is Suzanne Hanser, Berklee College of Music, USA.
Read more about the dissertation at GUPEA.