The Effect of Music on Heart Rate

The Effect of Music on Heart Rate
Aim: To investigate if listeners to music can affect their heart rate in any possible way. Method: Firstly we lay them on the back to get the resting heart rate and we test the people?s heart rates before they listen to the music. Then we let them listen to the music, see if anything has happened, and then write the results of their heart beats to see if there was any dramatic change. Fair test: To make sure it is a fair test; the procedure is repeated a couple of times to make sure the results are accurate. Listeners will lie down on a table so as to minimise any physical exertion that might skew the results. There will be no stimulus such as noise to distract anyone. Initial readings of heart rate and blood pressure will be taken before the subjects listen to the music. Equipment: The only equipment needed is a results table to mark down the results and possibly the use of a heart rate recorder. Prediction: I predict that listening to classical music will lower the heart rate as it might relieve anger or stress. I hypothesized that a significant difference would be observed, both in the heart rate and blood pressure of listeners, after listening to the musical selections as compared to control conditions.Safety: Make sure the music is not played too loud as it could damage your ears. Background information: In general, responses to music are able to be observed. It has been proven that music influences humans both in good and bad ways. These effects are instant and long lasting. Music is thought to link all of the emotional, spiritual, and physical elements of the universe. Music can also be used to change a person?s mood, and has been found to cause like physical responses in many people simultaneously. Music also has the ability to strengthen or weaken emotions from a particular event such as a funeral. Responses to music are easy to be detected in the human body. Classical music from the baroque period causes the heart beat and pulse rate to relax to the beat of the music. As the body becomes relaxed and alert, the mind is able to concentrate more easily. Furthermore, baroque music decreases blood pressure and enhances the ability to learn. Music affects the amplitude and frequency of brain waves, which can be measured by an electro-encephalogram. Music also affects breathing rate and electrical resistance of the skin. It has been observed to cause the pupils to dilate, increase blood pressure, and increase the heart rate. Results: [image][image] Analysis: Our results indicated that there was a significant difference between the heart rate of subjects when listening to Rap, Hiphop, Techno I found the heart rate rises when listening to this, as compared to listening to Country and classic when the heart rate is lowered. My Final conclusion is that listening to music can affect your heart rate. Evaluation: My results were partially right with my predictions. I actually guessed that the classical music would lower my heart rate which turned out to be correct. One potential problem in our methodology was the fact that I took heart rate and blood pressure readings simultaneously. I experienced some apprehension about the pressure or discomfort of the sphygmomanometer used to take blood pressure readings, and this may have had the effect of raising my heart rate, and clearer results may have been observed had it been repeated experiment again. Clearer results might also have been observed if the subjects had been allowed to listen to the music for a longer period of time before the readings were taken. It was interesting that a significant difference was found between all. It is possible that the response to relaxing music takes longer to register in heart rate, whereas the effect of increasing heart rate in response to faster music occurs more quickly. I think the experiment itself went quite well as there were no major mistakes by getting the wrong heart rate and I am happy with my results.

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