Date Presented

Spring 4-1-2006

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Exercise Physiology

First Advisor

Peter Magyari

Second Advisor

Nancy Cowden

Third Advisor

Deb Bradney


This study examined the effects of music on heart rate (HR) as well as ratings of perceived exertion (RPE-B) while running on a treadmill for 20 minutes. Research subjects included men and women, ages 18 to 25. All subjects completed a 20-minute treadmill run set at 5.0 mph with 0% grade. Omron heart monitors were used to measure and record subjects' HR every 2 minutes after the start of the test. Subjects reported ratings of perceived exertion -- using the Borg Scale -- which was also recorded every two minutes throughout the test period. One treadmill session included music; the other session did not. The hypothesis tested whether subjects would report a lower RPE-B value while running with music and whether there would be a significant difference in HR between the two sessions. The data was analyzed using a one-way ANOVA. Results indicated no significant difference in HR or RPE-B between the two sessions. An additional statistical analysis, a sign test, was used to analyze the RPE-B data. Results of that test indicated a significant difference in RPE-B values between the music and non-music sessions for women. These results suggest that women may respond differently than men to auditory stimuli while exercising.


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