The Effect of Music on Heart Rate

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The Effect of Music on Heart Rate


To investigate if listeners to music can affect their heart rate in

any possible way.


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.


The only equipment needed is a results table to mark down the results

and possibly the use of a heart rate recorder.


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.


Make sure the music is not played too loud as it could damage your


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

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