The Influence of Affect on Music Choice
This chapter addresses the following question: is the choice of music to which to listen dependent on one's current affect? The chapter consists of seven sections. Section 25.2 places the topic of the present chapter in the constellation of relationships – or simple causal models – that constitute a significant portion of the handbook's music-and-emotion (M-E) domain. It also presents the frequency with which the various categories of ‘naïve’ respondents endorse the importance and veracity of these causal relationships. Section 25.3 specifies the author's theoretical assumptions concerning emotion. For this purpose, the author's prototypical emotion-episode model (PEEM) is reintroduced in updated form. The section on PEEM makes explicit the background for the author's interpretation of the research studies on the effects of emotion and mood on music choice (reviewed in Sections 25.4 and 25.6, respectively). Section 25.5 discusses the concept of mood. Finally, the implications of the research on the effects of affect on music choice are discussed in section 25.7.
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