Music mood induction and maintenance while driving: A simulator study

Chris Dijksterhuis, Marjolein van der Zwaag, Dick de Waard, Joyce Westerink, Karel Brookhuis, Ben L. J. M. Mulder

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It is common knowledge that mood can influence our everyday behaviour and people often seek to reinforce, or to alter their mood, for example by turning on music. Music listening while driving is a common activity. However, the actual impact of music listening while driving on physical state and driving performance is unknown. In the present experiment it was investigated whether positive and negative music, which was selected per participant, are able to induce and maintain a mood during a simulated drive. In addition, effects of music on driving behaviour and physiology were assessed for periods of normal and high demand rides and compared with a no music condition. Subjective mood ratings indicated that music successfully induced and maintained mood while driving. Furthermore, physiological variables revealed effects of listening to music, irrespective of music type, compared to the condition without music. Driving parameters showed that swerving increased when listening to either positive or negative music compared to driving without music. Moreover, the influence of music on driving performance was stronger during normal than during high demanding rides. Overall, the current study demonstrates that music influences the experienced mood while driving which in turn impacts driving behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Europe Annual Meeting - Harnack Haus, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 13-Oct-201016-Oct-2010


Conference2010 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Europe Annual Meeting

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