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Title: Involuntary musical imagery, as conditioned by everyday music listening
Author: Filippidi, Ioanna
ISNI:       0000 0004 7428 2661
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2018
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Music in one's head is a very prevalent phenomenon in everyday life, but the aetiology behind it is still unclear. This thesis aimed to investigate the phenomenon of involuntary musical imagery (INMI), and particularly, under the hypothesis that it is a conditioned response from everyday music listening. Music listening can be a highly rewarding experience, and people use it more than ever to accompany their everyday lives: such systematic habits can create a process similar to classical conditioning, where, when two stimuli systematically pair, one will evoke the response that is usually elicited by the other. This premise has been investigated in three studies, designed specifically for this hypothesis: two laboratory-based behavioural experiments and an Experience Sampling (ES) study. The first experiment explored whether the conditioning process could be recreated in a laboratory context, by repeatedly pairing music with an activity. The second experiment explored the already established conditioning by investigating whether INMI would occur in the place of music: a stress induction experiment was designed to assess if individuals who use music to regulate their stress would experience INMI, in the place of music, as a coping mechanism. The third study explored INMI's relationship to music listening in the everyday lives of individuals in order to assess this premise in a real-life setting. Overall, the findings of this research were encouraging to the hypothesis, suggesting that there is a relationship between uses of music and INMI in the aspects of activities, mood regulation, genre, and valence, and some evidence that INMI can indeed be a conditioned response. While there were no strong findings that INMI can act in the place of music, the findings indicated that INMI had similar functions.
Supervisor: Timmers, Renee Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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