See Hear: Psychological Effects of Music and Music-Video During Treadmill Running

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Study: See Hear: Psychological Effects of Music and Music-Video During Treadmill Running

Abstract: Background: There is a paucity of work addressing the distractive, affect-enhancing, and motivational influences of music and video in combination during exercise. Purpose: We examined the effects of music and music-and-video on a range of psychological and psychophysical variables during treadmill running at intensities above and below ventilatory threshold (VT). Methods: Participants (N = 24) exercised at 10 % of maximal capacity below VT and 10 % above under music-only, music-and-video, and control conditions. Results: There was a condition × intensity × time interaction for perceived activation and state motivation, and an intensity × time interaction for state attention, perceived exertion (RPE), and affective valence. The music-and-video condition elicited the highest levels of dissociation, lowest RPE, and most positive affective responses regardless of exercise intensity. Conclusions: Attentional manipulations influence psychological and psychophysical variables at exercise intensities above and below VT, and this effect is enhanced by the combined presentation of auditory and visual stimuli.

Author: Jasmin Hutchinson

Dr. Jasmin Hutchinson is an associate professor at Springfield University. She received her undergraduate degree (BSc in sport science, physical education, and social science) from Loughborough University, UK, a master’s degree in exercise science from Eastern Illinois University, and a PhD in sport psychology from Florida State University. Early on in her academic career she found an interest in the dual psychology/physiology relationship and has stuck with that passion ever since. She also has participated in marathons and is a fan of techno music … which Is awesome!




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