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Article: An investigation into the temporal dimension of the Mozart effect: Evidence from the attentional blink task

TitleAn investigation into the temporal dimension of the Mozart effect: Evidence from the attentional blink task
Authors
KeywordsAttentional blink
Mood
Mozart effect
Rapid serial visual presentation
Temporal attention
Issue Date2007
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/actpsy
Citation
Acta Psychologica, 2007, v. 125 n. 1, p. 117-128 How to Cite?
AbstractIn the present study, we examined whether the 'Mozart effect' would influence participants' temporal attention using a visual attentional blink (AB) task that provides a reliable measure of the temporal dynamics of visual attention. The 'Mozart effect' refers to the specific claim that listening to Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K.448 can improve the performance in spatio-temporal tasks. Participants had to try and identify two target digits (in their correct order of presentation) presented amongst a stream of distractor letters in three different conditions (presented in separate blocks of trials): while listening to the Mozart sonata played normally, while listening to the same Mozart sonata played in reverse, and while in silence. The results showed that the participants were able to detect the second target (T2) significantly more accurately (given the correct detection of the first target, T1) in the AB stream when the Mozart sonata was played normally than in either of the other two conditions. Possible explanations for the differential effects of Mozart's music being played normally and in reverse and potential confounds in previous studies reporting a facilitatory 'Mozart effect' are discussed. Our results therefore provide the first empirical demonstration supporting the existence of a purely temporal component to the 'Mozart effect' using a non-spatial visual AB task. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/169022
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.816
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.365
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dc.contributor.authorHo, Cen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMason, Oen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSpence, Cen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-08T03:40:50Z-
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dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationActa Psychologica, 2007, v. 125 n. 1, p. 117-128en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0001-6918en_HK
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dc.description.abstractIn the present study, we examined whether the 'Mozart effect' would influence participants' temporal attention using a visual attentional blink (AB) task that provides a reliable measure of the temporal dynamics of visual attention. The 'Mozart effect' refers to the specific claim that listening to Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K.448 can improve the performance in spatio-temporal tasks. Participants had to try and identify two target digits (in their correct order of presentation) presented amongst a stream of distractor letters in three different conditions (presented in separate blocks of trials): while listening to the Mozart sonata played normally, while listening to the same Mozart sonata played in reverse, and while in silence. The results showed that the participants were able to detect the second target (T2) significantly more accurately (given the correct detection of the first target, T1) in the AB stream when the Mozart sonata was played normally than in either of the other two conditions. Possible explanations for the differential effects of Mozart's music being played normally and in reverse and potential confounds in previous studies reporting a facilitatory 'Mozart effect' are discussed. Our results therefore provide the first empirical demonstration supporting the existence of a purely temporal component to the 'Mozart effect' using a non-spatial visual AB task. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/actpsyen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofActa Psychologicaen_HK
dc.subjectAttentional blinken_HK
dc.subjectMooden_HK
dc.subjectMozart effecten_HK
dc.subjectRapid serial visual presentationen_HK
dc.subjectTemporal attentionen_HK
dc.subject.meshAcoustic Stimulation - Methods - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_US
dc.subject.meshAdulten_US
dc.subject.meshAnalysis Of Varianceen_US
dc.subject.meshAttention - Physiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshAuditory Perception - Physiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshBlinking - Physiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshMental Processes - Physiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshMusic - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshSpace Perception - Physiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshStudents - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshTask Performance And Analysisen_US
dc.subject.meshTime Perception - Physiologyen_US
dc.titleAn investigation into the temporal dimension of the Mozart effect: Evidence from the attentional blink tasken_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHo, C: cristyho@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.actpsy.2006.07.006en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid16942739-
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dc.identifier.volume125en_HK
dc.identifier.issue1en_HK
dc.identifier.spage117en_HK
dc.identifier.epage128en_HK
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_HK
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