Title

The Famous Melodies Task

Presenter Information

Kaelyn Kacirek

Department

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Major

Engineering Management

Research Advisor

Belfi, Amy M.

Advisor's Department

Psychological Science

Abstract

Famous musical melodies have been used to investigate processes such as naming abilities in patients with aphasia and memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is no normed set of musical melody stimuli, preventing consistency across studies. The goal of the present work was to create a standardized stimulus set of famous musical melodies. This research has resulted in a normed set of musical stimuli for researchers to use in future studies. A range of famous musical melodies (N=109) were rated and characterized on naming ability, familiarity, age of acquisition, valence and arousal by a large online sample (N=206). In addition to providing normative ratings for each stimulus, we investigated the relationships between these variables: Valence and arousal were positively correlated, while age of acquisition was negatively correlated with both familiarity and naming. Overall, these results will provide researchers with a standardized and openly available set of musical stimuli to be used in future work.

Biography

Kaelyn, an undergraduate student at Missouri S&T, has a great interest in both engineering and neuroscience. For her high school senior thesis project, she chose to study the effects of music on the brain in Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. Her interest with the subject led her to become a research assistant at the university for Dr. Amy Belfi. Together, they are exploring the effects of music and the brain. While working to prepare the research for peer-reviewed scientific journals, Kaelyn will continue to pursue her Engineering Management degree with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience with plans to graduate in the year 2020.

Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Social science poster session, Second place

Location

Upper Atrium

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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The Famous Melodies Task

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Famous musical melodies have been used to investigate processes such as naming abilities in patients with aphasia and memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is no normed set of musical melody stimuli, preventing consistency across studies. The goal of the present work was to create a standardized stimulus set of famous musical melodies. This research has resulted in a normed set of musical stimuli for researchers to use in future studies. A range of famous musical melodies (N=109) were rated and characterized on naming ability, familiarity, age of acquisition, valence and arousal by a large online sample (N=206). In addition to providing normative ratings for each stimulus, we investigated the relationships between these variables: Valence and arousal were positively correlated, while age of acquisition was negatively correlated with both familiarity and naming. Overall, these results will provide researchers with a standardized and openly available set of musical stimuli to be used in future work.