Time & Mood

The Emotions and a persos mood changes considerably through the day. Events that happen during the day, weather and fatigue are all elements which can effect a person current mood. There has been research done to confirm and define excatly what happnds and when mood chages piticularly happen.

In the study Relationships Between Time of Day, Day of the Week, and Positive Mood, mood is considered on if a person is doing an activity which is pleasent to them and the effect this had upon there mood. The reasearchers considered the level of activity, 3 times a day and the mood at the time. This allowed them to gain an accurate idea of if outside elements like time of the day have an effect on the peoples mood.


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This graphshow shows how over a week there is times when there is less pluserable activitys there is a clear decline is the positive mood. It also shows that the middle of the week there is a clear reudction of posotive activitys that inter create a positive mood. A surpising point is the how a mood sustains for a short time after an increse in plesurable activity also there is a short time between the pleasing activity happening and there mood lifting. This tells us that on mid week days peoples moods tend to be lower however this is a period where poeople could do with a lift in mood and posotive stimulationScreen Shot 2014-12-13 at 21.14.43The graph looks a day spercificaly and 3 times of the day morning, midday and evening. There is some intresting points to take from this in the way that mood increses steady dring the day and lasts for the duration of the day even when there is less activity it dosent drop off.

The problem with this study is that I was done in 1995 before the the digital age and incorpration of social media into our daily lives. Social medias huge effect upon a large number of population and can be a mode for people to release emotion and project feeling. A more recent study used Twitter as a way to asses peoples mood druring the day and the flztuations during the day

“We found that individuals awaken in a good mood that deteriorates as the day progresses which is consistent with the effects of sleep and circadian rhythm and that seasonal change in baseline positive affect varies with change in daylength. People are happier on weekends, but the morning peak in positive affect is delayed by 2 hours, which suggests that people awaken later on weekends.”(Golder and Macy, 2011)

The study shows something different to what was summarized in 1995 as that people wake up in a better mood then there is a detrition during the day. This could be because social media is being used as a way to vent anger and emoting and less to show happiness. On the other hand its similar aggresses that there is a mid week dip and people are happier during the weekends. This is good as it shows that the mid week is a time when people need a lift and motivation.

This correlation between the two studies gives me positive evidence to conclude that there are periods during the day that audience’s moods will be low and less cheerful. In my previous post I considered how music could be used to improve a person mood or invoke happy emotions. Connecting these two ideas together I want to explore further does the time of day and the music played improve the mood of audience?? I want to do this by making an interactive system that audiences can directly interact with to choose their mood. Combined with the time of day will effect the song choice to hopefully improve or relay there current mood.

Another good feature of the twitter study it suggests that there is a connecting between mood and the amount of sleep, weather or season and activities being completed. This could suggest that exterior elements have an affect upon a persons mood like if they are having a busy day, tired towards the evening or the seasonal daylight hours making the nights draw in. Some of these more general elements could be incorporated in the music by simple internet search’s for dawn and dusk to obtain when people could start to feel slightly tired.



Egloff, B., Tausch, A., Kohlmann, C. and Krohne, H., 1995. Relationships between time of day, day of the week, and positive mood: Exploring the role of the mood measure. Motivation and Emotion, 19 (2), 99-110.

Golder, S. and Macy, M., 2011. Diurnal and Seasonal Mood Vary with Work, Sleep, and Daylength Across Diverse Cultures. Science, 333 (6051), 1878-1881.


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