Science Project:

Does Music Affect Your Mood?

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Materials:

  • Music of several different genres: classical, heavy metal, classic rock, alternative, rap, etc.
  • People of different ages and genders
  • Stop watch to measure heart rate
  • Set of questions about mood to ask each person

Procedure

  1. Find participants in several different age and gender categories.
  2. Ask them to sit in a quiet room and listen to several types of music, asking questions about how they are feeling after each song.
  3. Immediately after each song, take the resting heart rate of the participant, using a stop watch.
  4. Record the results and see if any pattern emerges for each type of song.
Author: Leah Wood
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