POLYHYMNIA Mood - Empowering people to cope with depression through music listening

Coutinho, Eduardo ORCID: 0000-0001-5234-1497, Alshukri, Ayesh, de Berardinis, Jacopo and Dowrick, Chris
(2021) POLYHYMNIA Mood - Empowering people to cope with depression through music listening. In: UbiComp '21: The 2021 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, 2021-9-21 - 2021-9-26, Virtual, USA.

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Depression is one of the largest sources of burden of disease in the worldwide and the development of flexible, timely and easily accessible interventions is considered to be a critical direction for the future. Mood Regulation (MR) via music listening may be a viable tool support these aims if people have adequate support to make music selections that underpin healthy MR strategies. We developed a new app (POLYHYMNIA Mood) that automatically generates personalised music playlists for mood elevation and the reduction of depression symptoms and here we provide an overview of POLYHYMNIA Mood and report the results of a preliminary evaluation of its effectiveness and acceptability. Results show that listening to POLYHYMNIA Mood playlists over a period of 4 weeks led to a large reduction in negative affect and a clinically significant reduction in depression symptoms. Whereas these results should be interpreted cautiously due to the small sample size and the lack of control conditions, they provide strong support to our approach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Unspecified)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Music Listening, Mood Regulation, Depression, Health Intervention, Web App, Machine Learning
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2021 10:14
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:32
DOI: 10.1145/3460418.3479334
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3134617