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Perceiving Mood in Color: The Effects of Mood States on Reaction Times
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by Haley Duncanson, Worcester State College -
This study examined the effects of a musical mood induction procedure on the reaction time required to perceive the colors yellow and blue. Thirty-six undergraduates listened to 5 min of happy music, sad music, or white noise. The participants then completed the Multiple Affect Adjective Checklist-Revised to assess their current mood, and reaction times to yellow and blue stimuli of varying intensities were recorded. Results showed that participants who listened to happy music felt happier, and participants who listened to sad music felt sadder. Signifi cant differences were not found between the happiness and sadness groups for reaction times to yellow and blue stimuli. Surprisingly, the white noise group was signifi cantly slower in reaction times to yellow and blue stimuli.