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Investigating the impact of different music genres on emotions and motivation

Verling, Erica (2020) Investigating the impact of different music genres on emotions and motivation. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The purpose of the current study is to investigate the impact of different musical genres on our emotions and our motivations. The reasoning behind this study was to build on the information within the existing literature in relation to how music effects our emotions and our motivations, but also filling a gap in the literature by examining four genres specifically. This study uses a qualitative approach to it, applying thematic analysis to consider the reasons behind why we feel certain emotions, and why we have certain motivations after listening to a specific genre of music. The study focused on four specific genres; Jazz, Reggae, Trap and Disco. The results for this study revealed happy emotions emanated from Jazz, Reggae and Disco music most prominently. Trap music unveiled rather indecisive opinions, for the emotional and motivational questions. The main findings in this study was the overwhelmingly consistent associations throughout the received data between nostalgia and happiness while listening to jazz music, relaxation and happiness with reggae music and dancing and happiness with disco music.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 10:13
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 10:13

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