Journal Article


David Soto
Pooja Bahri
Ciara M. Greene



phase music processes emotional states memory exposure recognition arousal

Interplay between affect and arousal in recognition memory (2010)

Abstract Background: Emotional states linked to arousal and mood are known to affect the efficiency of cognitive performance. However, the extent to which memory processes may be affected by arousal, mood or their interaction is poorly understood. Methodology/Principal Findings: Following a study phase of abstract shapes, we altered the emotional state of participants by means of exposure to music that varied in both mood and arousal dimensions, leading to four different emotional states: (i) positive mood-high arousal; (ii) positive mood-low arousal; (iii) negative mood-high arousal; (iv) negative mood-low arousal. Following the emotional induction, participants performed a memory recognition test. Critically, there was an interaction between mood and arousal on recognition performance. Memory was enhanced in the positive mood-high arousal and in the negative mood-low arousal states, relative to the other emotional conditions. Conclusions/Significance: Neither mood nor arousal alone but their interaction appears most critical to understanding the emotional enhancement of memory.
Collections Ireland -> University College Dublin -> School of Psychology
Ireland -> University College Dublin -> College of Social Sciences and Law
Ireland -> University College Dublin -> Psychology Research Collection

Full list of authors on original publication

David Soto, Pooja Bahri, Ciara M. Greene

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Ciara M. Greene
University College Cork
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