An investigation into the effect of association and familiarity on earworms using the experience sampling method

Fowles, Lucinda (2012). An investigation into the effect of association and familiarity on earworms using the experience sampling method Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Fowles, Lucinda
Thesis Title An investigation into the effect of association and familiarity on earworms using the experience sampling method
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Tim Byron
Total pages 48
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Earworms are a piece of music that plays repetatively in the mind outside of conscious control (Williamson et al, 2011). This study investigates whether earworms can be experimentally induced by having participants form associations with the song and by manipulating how familiar the participant is with the song. To form associations with the song participants were required to either answer questions about how the song related to their own lives (high association) or asked to answer questions about the technical aspects of the song (low association). Participants answered these questions whilst listening to a song either twice or six times. Participants were then contacted randomly 17 times, once in every two hours block, between 8am and 8pm following the experiment to complete a survey about their earworm experiences. The results indicate that both forming personal associations with a song and being familiar with a song increases the incidences of earworms. In addition to this it was also found that the more recently participants had heard the song in the study, the more likely they were to have that song as an earworm.
Keyword Effect of association and familiarity
Earworms
Experience sampling method

 
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