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Jose Rangel

Music has been known to have the ability to relax or “pump up” a person based on its qualities. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of stimulative music, sedative music, and silence on a person’s ability to perform a relatively high weight bench press. Eight volunteers were given the opportunity to lift a load of about 85% of their personal one-repetition maximum as powerfully as possible. Peak power output, measured in Watts, was measured using a Tendo power analyzer. Four repetitions were completed per trial, with each repetition being done with Bose noise cancelling earphones in with either stimulative (heavy-metal) music, sedative (classical) music, silence (earphone set to noise-cancelation), or with no earphones worn. The results, along with the body composition measured using a DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) scanner were analyzed using Microsoft Excel.

Project Title

Psychophysical effects of stimulative music, sedative music, and silence on a high weight bench press

Faculty Mentor Name

Allyn Byars


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