Alyssa Kathleen Boman, Mitchell Leonard Hester, Olivia Kathleen Lizanich, Megan Elizabeth Nemecek


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The purpose of this study is to investigate how music affects different exercise variables. The variables that are being compared are running pace, heart rate, and the rate of perceived exertion. These variables will be compared when the subjects listen to music and when they do not listen to music during exercise. The goal of this study is to find out if music has a profound effect on overall athletic performance. This investigation is important for people who currently exercise often, those who are looking to lose weight as well as those who are looking to begin exercise programs for the first time. By comparing the effect of listening to music to the effect of not listening to any music on running pace, RPE and heart rate, both the benefits and setbacks of running with or without music will be presented. This, in turn, will allow us to find improvements for exercise/training and ways to improve running pace while keeping RPE low. In order to carry out this investigation, 20 students will run ½ mile while listening to "Call on Me - Ryan Riback Remix" on one day and run ½ mile without any music on a different day. Their ½ mile times, heart rate and RPE will be recorded each day following the run. The data will be collected from college students and the results will be compared. Once the data is compiled and analyzed, it will either confirm or deny the hypothesis that music will have a positive effect on running pace, heart rate and rate of perceived exertion.

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Haozhou Pu

Primary Advisor's Department

Health and Sport Science


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The Effect of Music on Running Pace, Heart Rate and Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE)