2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

The Effects of Tempo on Reported Anxiety
Joseph R. Gregory*, Megan R. Hohenstein, Mallika Rama, Gregory Scheetz, Jeremiah Johnson, and Daniel Trainor
Prof. Sal Costa, Faculty Mentor

The major purpose of this study is to recognize auditory stimulis impact on reported anxiety. This study may find effects of various music tempos and perhaps indicate which tempo yields higher and lower perceived levels of anxiety. The song selected was Take Five by Dave Brubeck: selected for its noninvasive instrumental jazz properties. The conditions were: control (no music), 175% speed, 75% speed, and the originally recorded speed. Deceit was used in this experiment to occlude the true intent of this study in order to prevent biases responses. We formulated a questionnaire with misleading questions to distract people from the musical aspect of this study and to increase the time of their exposure to this song; they were fully debriefed at the conclusion of the study. Additionally, both the State and Trait components of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) were administered.

Keywords: Psychology, Tempo, Clinical, Music, Brubeck


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 14-7
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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