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.
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.