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    Music improvisation modulates emotional memory

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    Music improvisation is a technique frequently used in the music therapy field. Its application involves emotional support, cognitive evaluation or cognitive/motor rehabilitation. However, its effect as a valid treatment to moderate memory has not been studied. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of music improvisation on emotional memory, in adults with or without musical training. Participants watched emotional or neutral images, and rated simultaneously how emotional they felt the images were, from 0 to 10 (nothing to highly arousing). Later, participants were exposed to a treatment (music improvisation, imitation, or silence). Immediately afterwards, recall and recognition were evaluated. After a week, free recall and recognition were tested again. The main findings of this study were that music improvisation improves free recall and recognition of neutral and emotional images. The results also indicated that musicians showed better emotional memory performance than non-musicians.Laboratorio para el Estudio de la Experiencia Musica

    Emotional creativity and real-life involvement in different types of creative leisure activities

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    The role of emotional creativity in practicing creative leisure activities and in the preference of college majors remains unknown. The present study aims to explore how emotional creativity measured by the Emotional Creativity Inventory (ECI; Averill, 1999) is interrelated with the real-life involvement in different types of specific creative leisure activities and with four categories of college majors. Data were collected from 251 university students, university graduates and young adults (156 women and 95 men). Art students and graduates scored significantly higher on the ECI than other majors. Humanities scored significantly higher than technical/economic majors. Five creative leisure activities were significantly correlated with the ECI, specifically, writing, painting, composing music, performing drama, and do-it-yourself home improvement. Keywords: Creativity, Emotional Creativity, Emotions, Creativeness, Affect, Feelings, Leisure Activities, Creative Ability, Artistic Creativity, Creative Thinking, Creativeness, Aging, Cognitive Deficits, Performance. MeSH Headings: Emotions, Creativity, Leisure, Leisure Activities, Hobbies, Recreation, Affect Affective Symptoms, Creativenes

    Friendship and Anonymity in Collective Free Music Improvisation

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    Researchers interested in the musical practice of free improvisation have historically prioritised studies of improvisatory process at both the individual or group level. In the realm of jazz studies, discussions of group interactivity have long pointed to the role friendship plays in facilitating these processes (Berliner, 1994; Monson, 1997; Jackson, 2012) and recent qualitative studies of group decision making and interaction in jazz have demonstrated that the shared understanding embedded within relationships can help facilitate open environments ideal for free improvisation (Canonne and Aucouturier, 2015; Wilson and Macdonald, 2017). Yet parallel research into group creativity outside the jazz context has put forth an intriguing alternate idea – the notion that anonymity amongst group participants may also lead to openness during the collaborative process (Bryan-Kinns, Healey and Leach, 2007). This thesis unpacks the experiences of four Australian free music practitioners in terms of friendship and anonymity in an attempt to flesh out a spectrum of optimal conditions that might underpin successful free music exchanges. In doing so, it lays open potential areas of future research in terms of delineating how a range of different sorts of relationships might impact improvised group creativity
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