Story, Music, and Disposition Theory
Communications and Media Studies
Disposition theory states that moral evaluation of characters and perceived justice are central factors in determining enjoyment of media. Music psychology provides evidence that music can influence evaluation of characters. This is the first study to empirically investigate the role of music in disposition theory. Initial results from an experiment suggest that music does influence variables central to disposition theory. The effects of the music can vary based on the ending presented in the story.
Shevy, Mark et al. “Story, Music, and Disposition Theory.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference. Chicago, IL. August, 2012.