The Effects Of Music On The University Campus

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Music is ubiquitous and we are exposed to it every day: in the elevator, on the way to work and on the university campus. We have all been exposed to music at least once in our lifetime. Music is inspirational, motivational and can help us focus. Music can help college students stay alert and focused when they are staying up late cramming for tests or writing English papers. The same can be applied to athletes and why they listen to music before a game. Athletes want to get in the "zone" and music helps them achieve that goal. Music can also inspire us or help us through tough times when we are feeling down. My research question is, "Why does music motivate us or inspire us to do physical things we might not be able to do without it?" I found a lot of research done by universities across the nation and around the globe that conducted music based experiments on how music improves physical performance. The first place I looked was on Pubmed and I found an article on how music changes an athlete 's performance. The study was done by the Department of Psychology, University of Southern Queensland, Australia, to determine if any ergogenic activities such as music have an effect on any physical activities. Ergogenic activity is the enhancement of physical performance. A good example of an ergogenic product is coffee. In the article "Effects of Synchronous Music on Treadmill Running among Elite Triathletes", university researchers brought numerous professional runners to run on a treadmill and recorded performance levels while simultaneously playing motivational, neutral, and no music. The recorded data included oxygen intake levels and stride lengths. After the study was completed, results showed when athletes were exposed to motivation... ... middle of paper ... ...ire music to motivate them. Majority of the participants used in many of the university studies have shown an increase in performance levels while listening to music. However, there is one factor that each research project has in common, which is that music has an effect on us mentally and physically. Studies of shown that personal music players can be a motivating factor that can make an exercise more enjoyable and productive. Music can add motivating or calm effects to environments through background stimulation when played synchronously and asynchronously. This is the reason why motivational music is played in the gym or calm music is played in a waiting room. Overall, when music is played synchronously during a workout, rhythm response allows an individual to workout longer, push harder, and find that extra motivation to go beyond our physical and mental limits.
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