We are very happy to announce the Music and Imagery Study Group! The group was formed as a result of two KOSMOS workshops on the topic of music and visual mental imagery (and their relations to emotion and mind-wandering). We are a network of researchers (from Humboldt University Berlin, Free University Berlin, University of Sheffield, University of Hull, and Max…

Composing Music to Shape Mind-Wandering Episodes

Have you ever thought about the possibility of composing music that can influence the way we think? I have recently addressed this question with the help of a group of musicians. Our recent study on the influence of sad and happy music on mind-wandering and default mode network turned into an exciting, collaborative project with Disquiet - an online music…

The Music You Listen To Can Change The Way Your Mind Wanders

In the last decade psychologists have been massively looking at the impact of music on emotional processes, but far fewer have investigated music’s influence on thoughts. In this new study, entitled “Effects of Sad and Happy Music on Mind-Wandering and Default Mode Network” recently published in the open-access journal Scientific Reports, we specifically examined the relation between music, emotion, and…

helmut klimt - music

In a study published in the journal PLoS ONE, we addressed the question of why listeners choose to engage with sad music given that sadness is an emotion people usually try to avoid. 772 participants from all over the world completed an online survey on the topic of sad music. Among other questions, participants were asked to provide examples of…

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