Revisiting the Relationship Between Exercise Heart Rate and Music Tempo Preference

Karageorghis, Costas I., Jones, Leighton, Holland, David, Akers, Rose I., Clarke, Adam, Perry, Jennifer M., Reddick, Benjamin T., Bishop, Daniel T. and Lim, Harry B.T. (2011) Revisiting the Relationship Between Exercise Heart Rate and Music Tempo Preference. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82 (2). pp. 274-284. ISSN 2168-3824

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In the present study, we investigated a hypothesized quartic relationship (meaning three inflection points) between exercise heart rate (HR) and preferred music tempo. Initial theoretical predictions suggested a positive linear relationship (Iwanaga, 1995a, 1995b); however, recent experimental work has shown that as exercise HR increases, step changes and plateaus that punctuate the profile of music tempo preferencemay occur (Karageorghis, Jones, & Stuart, 2008). Tempi bands consisted of slow (95-100 bpm), medium (115-120 bpm), fast (135-140 bpm), and very fast (155-160 bpm) music. Twenty-eight active undergraduate students cycled at exercise intensities representing 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90% of their maximal HR reserve while their music preference was assessed using a 10-point scale. The Exercise Intensity x Music Tempointeraction was significant, F(6.16, 160.05) = 7.08, p < .001, ηp 2 = .21, as was the test for both cubic and quartic trajectories in the exercise HR-preferred-music-tempo relationship (p < .001). Whereas slow tempomusic was not preferred at any exercise intensity, preference for fast tempo increased, relative to medium and very fast tempo music, as exercise intensity increased. The implications for the prescription of music in exercise and physical activity contexts are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: in my former (pre-married) name of 'Priest' Early tittle: Revisiting the exercise heart rate-music tempo preference relationship
Uncontrolled Keywords: asynchronous music,quartic relationship,meter,music selection
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 21:36
DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2011.10599755

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