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Environmental and mental conditions predicting the experience of involuntary musical imagery: An experience sampling method study

Floridou, Georgia A. and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2015. Environmental and mental conditions predicting the experience of involuntary musical imagery: An experience sampling method study. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, pp. 472-486. ISSN 1053-8100 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

An experience sampling method (ESM) study on 40 volunteers was conducted to explore the environmental factors and psychological conditions related to involuntary musical imagery (INMI) in everyday life. Participants reported 6 times per day for one week on their INMI experiences, relevant contextual information and associated environmental conditions. The resulting data was modeled with Bayesian networks and led to insights into the interplay of factors related to INMI experiences. The activity that a person is engaged was found to play an important role in the experience of mind wandering, which in turn enables the experience of INMI. INMI occurrence is independent of the time of the day while the INMI trigger affects the subjective evaluation of the INMI experience. The results are compared to findings from earlier studies based on retrospective surveys and questionnaires and highlight the advantage of ESM techniques in research on spontaneous experiences like INMI.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2015.02.012

Additional Information:

This research was funded by a grant from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, awarded to author GAF. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Keywords:

Involuntary musical imagery; Earworms; Bayesian networks; Spontaneous cognition; Mind wandering

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
May 2015Published

Item ID:

11742

Date Deposited:

16 Jun 2015 15:24

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 10:16

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11742
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