Undergraduate Psychology Research Methods Journal


This study covered the origins of music and discussed the various implementations of music into our everyday society. We still do not quite understand how one comes to have a preference for music, although through research we have made some really good estimates regarding how one chooses a favorite. Researchers have proposed the ideas that music preference is chosen based on context as well as overall mood of the listener, but suggest maybe there is a more in depth reason. Using the idea of musical preference, we have studied performance on a variety of tasks including, but not limited to; exercise, reaction time, and pain reduction. Music has been shown to improve the ability of athletes during exercise, decrease reaction time to unexpected stimuli, and nullify chronic and acute pain. Concentration during a task relies heavily on ones surroundings and the state of mind of the individual; and by listening to music, he/she will be able to overcome numerous obstacles.

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