Exploring the relationship between mood and creativity in rock lyrics

Xiao Hu, Bei Yu

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6 Scopus citations

Abstract

The relationship between mood and creativity has been widely studied in psychology, however, no conclusion is reached in terms of which mood triggers high creativity, positive or negative. This paper provides new insights to this on-going argument by examining the relationship between lyrics creativity and music mood. We use three computational measures to gauge lyrics creativity: Type-to- Token Ratio, word norms fraction, and WordNet similarity. We then test three hypotheses regarding differences in lyrics creativity between music with different moods on 2715 U.S. rock songs. The three measures led to consistent findings that lyrics of negative and sad songs demonstrate higher linguistic creativity than those of positive and happy songs. Our findings support previous studies in psycholinguistics that people write more creatively when the text conveys sad or negative sentiment, and contradict previous research that positive mood triggers more unusual word associations. The result also indicates that different measures capture different aspects of lyrics creativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2011
Pages789-794
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2011 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Oct 24 2011Oct 28 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2011

Other

Other12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2011
CountryUnited States
CityMiami, FL
Period10/24/1110/28/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Information Systems

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