Dr. Deborah Beidel
The ability of music and art to impact emotions and behavior is well understood based on studies conducted in a laboratory. However, research in a laboratory setting does not always generalize well to a natural environment. In this pilot study, we investigated how attending an opera that portrayed a wartime Christmas truce affected the audience’s levels of empathic concern and perspective-taking. Paired samples t-tests were conducted on data from 63 adult participants (M = 52.17 years). The results indicated that attendance at this operatic performance positively changed both empathic concern and perspective-taking, suggesting that even in a naturalistic setting, music and art possess a transformative ability to change human emotions and behavior.
"How Music and Art Affect Compassion and Perspective Taking: A Collaboration Between UCF RESTORES and Opera Orlando,"
The Pegasus Review: UCF Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 14:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/urj/vol14/iss2/1