The effects of sedative music, arousal music, and silence on electrocardiography signals

Authors: Mehdy Dousty BSca, Sabalan Daneshvar PhDa, ,  and Majid Haghjoo MD, FACC, FESCb
Publication: Journal of Electrocardiology
Publication volume & date: Available online 24 February 2011.
Link: http://bit.ly/hJZ6n0
Summary: In this study subjects were exposed to periods of silence, sedative music, and arousal music while being monitored for heart rate, R-wave amplitude, and T-wave amplitude. The abstract states,  “We sought to compare changes in the electrical function of the heart in response to music.” The findings suggest that there was a significant reaction to the periods of music vs. the periods of silence.

As Judy and I discussed this article we both commented that we’d like to hear the musical examples that they used. Although they briefly describe them, I’d be curious to hear them for myself.

Judy also raised the question of the subjects’  musical background. It seems logical that musical experience, or musical preference, could very well have a significant effect on how one reacts to a given example of “sedative” or “arousal” music. It would’ve been useful to have those descriptions included in the article.

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One Response to The effects of sedative music, arousal music, and silence on electrocardiography signals

  1. farzaneh says:

    Dear authors,
    actually I have read this article, it was very impressive regarding its method and results.
    As you discussed It seems the authors didn’t discussed about the musical background, but it is not true.
    In the limitation part you can find it.
    I just copy the limitation part from the article , hope to consider it.

    Limitations
    The results of this study should be interpreted in the light
    of certain limitations: first, it should be mentioned that the
    terms sedative and arousal can be relative, specifically when
    we are talking about the music. It is possible that the actual effect of the music on different people would be different.
    However, as we mentioned earlier, participants had different
    age and race, and none of them had heard the music before.
    Therefore, the effect of this issue on the data would be
    negligible.

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