Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Face Recollection and Expressive Emotional Identification Moderated by Music Tempo

Publication Date



Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Psychological Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Timothy Schoenfeld PhD

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


The ability to accurately recognize emotional expressions and remember familiar faces is an important way in which people interact with one another. The study conducted explores the relationship between being able to recognize emotional expressions, remembering faces, and various music tempos in order to boost the levels of oxytocin. Previous research suggests that listening to music with slow tempo, as opposed to fast tempo, increases oxytocin levels (Ooishi et al., 2017). In a previous study focusing on the investigation of oxytocin and memory recall, it was found that participants that were administered oxytocin were able to correctly recall more facial photos than the control group (Rimmele et al., 2009). The study aims to further investigate the relationship between the ability to recognize emotional expression, facial recall, and music tempo. Finally, it is hypothesized that the group for which slow-tempo music is played will have a higher demonstrated facial recall/recognition, as well as a higher demonstrated ability to correctly perceive emotional expressions than the placebo group. Based on previous research, it is expected that the results will support this hypothesis.

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