Problem music or problem stereotypes? The dynamics of stereotype activation in rock and hip-hop music

Alexandra Neguţ, Paul Sârbescu

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The main objective of this research was examining the dynamics of stereotype activation in rock and hip-hop music, through the exposure of participants to priming (specific information of stereotypical nature, about the two music genres). The comparative experimental research was performed on a sample of 72 participants, aged between 19 and 21, using The Multidimensional Iowa Suggestibility Scale (short form) and The Lyrics Evaluation Scale. The research used a one-factorial experimental design with the two experimental conditions (absence or presence of priming) realized between groups. In the experiment, participants listened to eight songs belonging to the two music genres and evaluated the lyrics of the songs. The results have shown that stereotype activation occurs in the experimental group, through the more negative evaluation of the songs listened to, in comparison with the control group. The dynamics of stereotype activation is discussed in relation to theories postulated in the field. The implications of these results are discussed, pointing out the idea that the negative outcomes related to these music genres might owe more to the negative stereotypes associated with them than to the music itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalMusicae Scientiae
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014


  • cognitive load
  • hip-hop music
  • priming
  • rock music
  • stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Music

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