Mood Music

Mood Music: Validating Emotions Evoked by Mindful Music

In collaboration with the company Musemantik, my students and I have been working on checking the emotions evoked by the music in their musical mindfulness app, Soulight.

This blog post provides links to a few resources for two pilots run as part of a masters thesis.


[BL99] Bradley, M.M., & Lang, P.J. (1999). International Affective Digitized Sounds (IADS): Stimuli, instruction manual and affective ratings. (Technical Report No. B-2). Gainesville, FL: University of Florida, Center for Research in Psychophysiology. Cited after [SP+13]
[BKT16] Belfi, A. M., Karlan, B., & Tranel, D. (2016). Music evokes vivid autobiographical memories. Memory, 24(7), 979–989.
[RFPP08] Redondo, J., Fraga, I., Padrón, I., & Piñeiro, A. (2008). Affective ratings of sound stimuli. Behavior Research Methods, 40(3), 784–790.
[S16] Schubert, E. (2016). Does recall of a past music event invoke a reminiscence bump in young adults? Memory, 24(7), 1007–1014.
[SP+13] Soares, A. P., Pinheiro, A. P., Costa, A., Frade, C. S., Comesaña, M., & Pureza, R. (2013). Affective auditory stimuli: adaptation of the International Affective Digitized Sounds (IADS-2) for European Portuguese. Behavior Research Methods, 45(4), 1168–1181.
[T07] Thompson, E. R. (2007). Development and Validation of an Internationally Reliable Short-Form of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS). Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 38(2), 227–242.
[vdZ+13] van der Zwaag, M. D., Janssen, J. H., Nass, C., Westerink, J. H. D. M., Chowdhury, S., & de Waard, D. (2013). Using music to change mood while driving. Ergonomics, 1–11.
[WM16] Wolters, M., & MacIntyre, D. (2016): Project Report Soulight. Unpublished project report, Digital Health Institute
[Y18] Ye, Y. (2018): Music experience with colours – exploring relationships among music, moods, and colours. Unpublished Masters Thesis, University of Edinburgh
[YM+18] Yang, W., Makita, K., Nakao, T., Kanayama, N., Machizawa, M. G., Sasaoka, T., … Miyatani, M. (2018). Affective auditory stimulus database: An expanded version of the International Affective Digitized Sounds (IADS-E). Behavior Research Methods, 50(4), 1415–1429.