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Effects of prosocial lyrics and musical production elements on emotions, thoughts and behavior

Popular music with prosocial lyrics affects listeners’ thoughts, emotions and behavior, yet little is known about the role played by the actual music in this process. This study focused on the interaction between the prosocial lyrics and the musical …

“Where is the love?” Topics and prosocial behavior in German popular music lyrics from 1954 to 2014

Many content analyses have investigated the content of popular music, but as yet no one has looked for references to prosocial behavior in the lyrics. There are no quantitative content analyses of prosocial content in popular music, although we know …

“If you wanna make the world a better place”: Factors influencing the effect of songs with prosocial lyrics

Although there has been an increase in research considering the positive effects of music with prosocial lyrics on people’s behavior, little is known about the process by which this happens or about the factors that influence the effect of listening …

“They don’t really care…”: Effects of music with prosocial content and corresponding media coverage on prosocial behavior

Many musicians deliver prosocial messages in their music and engage in charity events, but we know very little about how our reception of this music affects us. Following the General Learning Model by Buckley and Anderson, one possible explanation …

“Heal the World”: A field experiment on the effects of music with prosocial lyrics on prosocial behavior

A significant amount of existing research has dealt with the negative effects of music on people’s behavior, but only a few studies have shown that music with prosocial lyrics can increase prosocial behavior. This study focuses on the positive …