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Title: On the stability and relevance of the exercise heart rate-music-tempo preference relationship
Authors: Karageorghis, CI
Jones, L
Keywords: Affect;Association;Asynchronous music;Cubic relationship;Dissociation;Meter
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 2014, 15 (3), pp. 299 - 310
Abstract: Objectives: To examine the stability of the cubic (two points of inflection) exercise heart rate-music-tempo preference relationship found by Karageorghis et al. (2011) in cycle ergometry using a different exercise modality (treadmill exercise). To advance previous related studies through the inclusion of psychological outcome variables (e.g., state attention and intrinsic motivation) and post-experiment interviews. Design: A mixed-model experimental design was employed with two within-subject factors (exercise intensity and music tempo) and a between-subjects factor (gender). The experiment was supplemented by qualitative data that were analyzed using inductive content analysis. Methods: Participants (n = 22) exercised at six intensities (40-90% maxHRR) during which they were exposed to music tracks at four tempi and a no-music control. Music preference, affective valence, and perceived activation were assessed during the task. Immediately afterwards, an attentional focus item, the short Flow State Scale-2 and items from the Intrinsic Motivation Inventory were administered. A subsample of participants (n = 8) was interviewed using a schedule of open-ended questions. Results: Results did not support a cubic relationship but rather a quadratic one (one point of inflection), and there was a weak association between the optimal choice of music tempo and positive psychological outcomes. Conclusions: The range of preferred tempi for treadmill exercise (123-131 bpm) was narrower than that for cycle ergometry (125-140 bpm). Regardless of its tempo, music reduced the number of associative thoughts by ∼10% across all exercise intensities. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 1469-0292
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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