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How Does Music Affect Heart Rate?

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Music
Music is more than just pleasant to listen to. It has dramatic impacts on our emotional state and on our physical state as well.
Objectives/Goals
The main objective of the experiment was to see which type of music (blues, classical, hip-hop, rap, and rock) would increase and decrease heart rate.

Hypothesis: If you were to listen to fast rhythm music, like rap, then your heart rate will increase.
Methods/Materials
1. Have volunteers rest for 20 minutes.
2. Ask the first volunteer to sit in the comfortable chair and relax.
3. Take the volunteer's pulse using a heart rate monitor, simply read the display and record the rate. Record in your notebook under the heading "No Music: Resting Heart Rate."
4. Place the headphones or earphones over the volunteer's ears, and play the first song you selected. Make sure the volume is comfortable and the same for all the songs.
5. Take the volunteer's pulse twice during the song: Halfway through the song and right after the song ends. Record the two heart rates in your notebook.
6. Let the volunteer relax for 2 minutes before playing the next song.
7. Repeat the steps 4 through 6 for the rest of the songs.
8. Repeat the whole experiment with the rest of your volunteers.

The materials I used were 10 Volunteers, Comfortable Chair, Heart-Rate Monitor, Stopwatch, Headphones or Earphones, CD player or I pod or mp3, Pens and Pencils, Notebook, 1 Blues Song, 1 Classical Song, 1 Hip-Hop Song, 1 Rap Song, and 1 Rock Song.
Results
The results of this experiment show that listening to hip-hop and rap music causes your heart rate to increase ad listening to classical and blues decreases and/or steadies your heart rate. My results supported my hypothesis because the overall volunteers scored higher heart rates in fast rhythm music than in slow, steady music.
Conclusions/Discussion
Throughout this project, I found out that it is not the kind (style) of music but the pace (Is the beat fast or slow?), since sometimes classical can cause your heart rate to beat faster and sometimes rap can cause your heart rate to beat slower, it mostly depends on the pace of the song. So, when choosing songs for this project make sure to choose rap with fast rhythm beats and classical with slower beats. 3rd party contributor

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Well depending on the kind of music is how your heart rate pumps whenever I listen to music like: Pop, rock, my heart pumps at a very fast rate when I listen to slow songs  my nervous system relaxes and I can concentrate on my college work better. By the way hope you get an A+ in your project.
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I have recently done my science project on this matter and the result of 105 trials show that different types of music with different beats in the background affect your blood pressure/heart rate. Rock/ Heavy Metal coming out with the highest heart rate and blood pressure.
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It affects by the tempo of the music and the beat. The higher the tempo and the beat the higher your heart rate will go up. The slower more relaxed you are and slows down yor heart rate where you are calm and relaxed.
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I listen to heavy metal and it does raise my blood pressure and heart starts racing.
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Yes, it can effect the heartbeat.   
When you listen to faster tempos such as rap and hip hop, you're heartbeat  
tends to be faster.  
If you listen to slower tempos such as raga and country the heartbeat
tends to be slower.
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According to a recent research, slow music influences a person's relaxation, and that musical pauses modulate heart rhythms in a positive way. This study was published in "Heart," a British Medical Journal publication, and it used a variety of musical genres, from techno to raga to classical. However the fast music like rock makes the heart pump faster.
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I have noticed from research that when there is faster and more heavy and exciting music it kind of gets you hyped up. But, slow and relaxing music on the other hand will just make you nice and relaxed and it will be steady.
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Yes, there is a sensor in your heart that dictates the beat. Heavy and loud music can affect the sensor and cause your heart to beat in tune with the music.
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greg c answered
Music is not a hobby of mine, it's a necessity!! I've always been interested in the psychology of music. Different styles of music affect the body and brain differently. One interesting fact: Quite a few studies have been done through the years and there is plenty of evidence that supports the fact that music does have both positive and negative effects on us. Some groups were given baroque (a genre of classical music) to listen to while completing academic tests. Other groups were given the same tests but without any music. Those who had the music performed degreeably better on the tests. For your own research I recommend that you type 'music and the body' or 'music and the brain' or 'music and the heart' into your search engine and go to some of the websites that come up. Happy hunting!
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Yes it does I'm doing a science project and my hypothesis is that fast music makes your heart beat speed up and that slower music slows it down.
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Being a musician, I think that the style of music matters when you talk about heart rate. If you watch a horror movie one of the scariest things in the scenes is the music. Music makes you feel a certain way and is connected to your emotions that are connected to your heart in the sense of rate. That's just my opinion. Hope it helped!
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I need this for my science project now!!!!! Its due wednesday today's monday and the teacher didnt tell us!!!!!! I need materials procedure!!
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Well it doesn't affect your heart rate. It's the tempo of the music that does. I'm doing a science project on it and thee only think that I keep getting in my research and what not is the tempo changes everything. Just a little word of advise.

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