Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Music is a complex medium that has social, psychological, and physiological implications. Music elicits early emotional responses (arousal) in the sympathetic nervous system, that later become consciously recognized emotions. We investigated how music genre effects physiological arousal by measuring participant skin conductance level (SCL). Physiological responses of 19 participants (3 male, mean age 23 years) were recorded by way of the iWorx 214 Psychophysiology Teaching Kit. The stimuli were four different genres of music: classical, Dubstep, Celtic, and big band (swing). Stimuli were presented to participants in one of four counterbalanced blocks. Participants' highest SCL matched their reported genre preference 31.57% of the time. Contrary to our hypothesis, participants did not have a higher SCL for their preferred music, leading us to hypothesize that people habituate to their musical preference. The most significant result was that participants were able to accurately describe their emotional arousal to a musical stimulus. Thus, participants were able to recognize their physiological reaction to musical genres.
BF1 .M63 v. 20 no. 1 2014
Kelley, Ericka; Andrick, Gabrielle; Benzenbower, Fayelin; and Devia, Marlene
"Physiological arousal response to differing musical genres,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 20:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol20/iss1/4