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Title: Cerebral mechanisms underlying the effects of music during a fatiguing isometric ankle-dorsiflexion task
Authors: Bigliassi, M
Karageorghis, C
Nowicky, AV
Orgs, G
Wright, MJ
Keywords: Attention;Brain;Music;Muscle fatigue;Psychophysiology
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Wiley Online
Citation: Psychophysiology, 2016
Abstract: The brain mechanisms by which music-related interventions ameliorate fatigue-related symptoms during the execution of fatiguing motor tasks are hitherto under-researched. The objective of the present study was to investigate the effects of music on brain electrical activity and psychophysiological measures during the execution of an isometric fatiguing ankle-dorsiflexion task performed until the point of volitional exhaustion. Nineteen healthy participants performed two fatigue tests at 40% of maximal voluntary contraction while listening to music or in silence. Electrical activity in the brain was assessed by use of a 64-channel EEG. The results indicated that music down regulated theta waves in the frontal, central, and parietal regions of the brain during exercise. Music also induced a partial attentional switching from associative thoughts to task-unrelated factors (dissociative thoughts) during exercise, which led to improvements in task performance. Moreover, participants experienced a more positive affective state while performing the isometric task under the influence of music.
ISSN: 1540-5958
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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