Mood enhancement using smartphone apps

Stoyanov, Stoyan, Hides, Leanne, Dingle, Genevieve A., Tjondronegoro, Dian, Zelenko, Oksana, Papinczak, Zoe, Koh, Desmond, Edge, Steven, & Kavanagh, David (2014) Mood enhancement using smartphone apps. In 7th European conference on positive psychology, 1-4 July 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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The significant physical, emotional, educational and social developmental challenges faced by adolescents and young adults are associated with high levels of emotional vulnerability. Thus, the development and use of effective emotion-regulation strategies during this period is critical. Music listening is commonly used by young people to identify, express, enhance and regulate their emotions. Modern mobile technology provides an engaging, easily accessible means of assisting young people with identifying and managing emotions through music.

A systematic contextual review of iPhone applications addressing emotions through music was conducted. Their quality was evaluated by two independent raters using the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS). Three participatory design workshops (PDW; N=13, 6 males, 7 females; age 15-25) were conducted, exploring young people’s use of music to enhance wellbeing. Young people were also asked to trial existing mood and music apps and to conceptualise their ultimate mood-targeting music application. Of the identified 117 music apps, 20 met inclusion criteria (to play songs, not sounds; priced below $5.00). Characteristics and overall quality of the music apps are described and key features of the five highest- rating apps are presented. Thematic analysis of the PDW content identified the following music affect- regulation strategies: relationship building, modifying cognitions, modifying emotions, and immersing in emotions (i.e. habituation or mood enhancement). The application of key learnings from the mobile app review and PDW to the design and development of the new music eScape app will be presented. Implications for future research and for applying the new app in clinical practice are discussed.

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Item Type: Conference Item (Other)
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Keywords: emotion regulation, wellbeing, adolescence, music, application
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Deposited On: 12 Jun 2015 01:02
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