Exploring Music's Effects on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Through Changes in Oxytocin Levels

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621695
Title:
Exploring Music's Effects on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Through Changes in Oxytocin Levels
Authors:
Cauthron, Steven
Abstract:
High blood pressure and high heart rate can increase chances of a variety of diseases. This study looked at the impact of music on blood pressure and heart rate in pre-hypertensive individuals based on changes in their oxytocin levels. We hypothesized that listening to music would result in an increase in oxytocin and therefore a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate. This study involved 16 pre-hypertensive individuals. Hemodynamic measurements and oxytocin counts were obtained in three different experimental conditions: rest (control), stressed and after listening to music. The study results indicated a significant reduction in heart rate after listening to music. There was no significant change in blood pressure after listening to music. The results of this study show that listening to music is associated with higher oxytocin levels.
Affiliation:
Department of Chemistry and Physics
Publisher:
Augusta University
Issue Date:
11-May-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621695
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en_US
Series/Report no.:
Fall 2017
Appears in Collections:
Department of Chemistry and Physics: Student Research and Presentations; Honors Program Theses

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dc.contributor.authorCauthron, Stevenen
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-02T20:41:54Z-
dc.date.available2018-02-02T20:41:54Z-
dc.date.issued2017-05-11-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621695-
dc.description.abstractHigh blood pressure and high heart rate can increase chances of a variety of diseases. This study looked at the impact of music on blood pressure and heart rate in pre-hypertensive individuals based on changes in their oxytocin levels. We hypothesized that listening to music would result in an increase in oxytocin and therefore a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate. This study involved 16 pre-hypertensive individuals. Hemodynamic measurements and oxytocin counts were obtained in three different experimental conditions: rest (control), stressed and after listening to music. The study results indicated a significant reduction in heart rate after listening to music. There was no significant change in blood pressure after listening to music. The results of this study show that listening to music is associated with higher oxytocin levels.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherAugusta Universityen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesFall 2017en
dc.rightsCopyright protected. Unauthorized reproduction or use beyond the exceptions granted by the Fair Use clause of U.S. Copyright law may violate federal law.en
dc.titleExploring Music's Effects on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Through Changes in Oxytocin Levelsen_US
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Chemistry and Physicsen
dc.description.advisorVan Tuyll, Debraen
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