Effects of Songs With Prosocial Lyrics on Prosocial Behavior: Further Evidence and a Mediating Mechanism

  title={Effects of Songs With Prosocial Lyrics on Prosocial Behavior: Further Evidence and a Mediating Mechanism},
  author={Tobias Greitemeyer},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1500 - 1511}
  • Tobias Greitemeyer
  • Published 31 July 2009
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Previous research has shown that exposure to prosocial songs increased the accessibility of prosocial thoughts, led to more interpersonal empathy, and fostered helping behavior. However, inasmuch as cognition, affect, and behavior were measured in different studies, it remained unclear what variable constituted the mediating path from media exposure to action. This was tested in the present research. In four studies, listening to songs with prosocial, relative to neutral, lyrics increased… 

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