Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160101470 [ 2016 - 2023 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Prof William Thompson; Dr Wayne Warburton; A/Prof Emery Schubert; A/Prof Douglas Gentile; Prof Glenn Schellenberg; A/Prof Stefan Koelsch

Brief description This project will examine the forms and prevalence of violent music; its short- and long-term effects on aggression, emotional states and cognitive function; and neurological correlates of engagement with violent music. Music with violent themes is often blamed for antisocial or criminal behaviour, but we have little scientific understanding of the extent to which violent music interacts with social attitudes, emotions, actions and cognitive functions in musicians and fans. The project is expected to develop an empirically driven model of the pathways between violent music, thought and action, and to test hypotheses for how negative consequences of exposure to violent music can be minimised and social and psychological benefits maximised.

Funding Amount $400,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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