Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Edward Roth

Second Advisor

Meghan Feeman


nostalgia, mood, music, musicians, non-musicians


This study was in collaboration with the study titled “The determinants of affect, emotional arousal, and autobiographical memories” by principle investigator, Edward Roth, and student investigator Alycia Sterenberg. It addresses two questions examining the impact that music evoked nostalgia has on mood states and if this difference varies between musicians and non-musicians. The study included 19 participants ranging in age from 18-28 and used a multilevel model design. Participants completed a Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) pre and post listening to nostalgia evoking music. Results revealed a decrease in negative affect pre to post-test, also showing a difference between musicians and non-musicians. Findings provide additional support that music, especially nostalgia evoking music, has an impact on mood and that this impact differs between musicians and non-musicians.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Music Therapy Commons