The Effect of Tempos on Your Heart Rate
Mia Madelleine Torres, Pippa Tomita
West Point Grey Academy
Floor Location : J 213 D

Music is everywhere! In WPGA, students like to listen to pop music to keep their energy up during class. While at home, some people listen to jazz or classical music to make them feel more relaxed or put them to sleep. But, why do different songs make us feel differently? According to studies, our heart is connected to our brain. This happens because our heart contains neurons, similar to those in your brain that work together to make you feel differently. Consequently, our goal is to see whether or not music can affect your heart by measuring the heart rate. In our experiment, we used a heart rate monitor to track our participant’s heart rate in beats per minute (bpm) - number of contractions or beats in one minute. We examined if a participant’s heart rate will increase if we play a song with fast tempo, and vice versa. The experiment was done with 17 participants, with various age and gender. We played three (3) songs to each participant - classical, jazz and pop music, while recording their heart rate successively. After the experiment, we computed for the heart rate averages for each song to determine the trend. We found out that the results are in accordance with our hypothesis. Generally, faster songs tend to increase the heart rate of participants while slow songs tend to decrease the heart rate of participants. Therefore, auditory stimulation like listening to music affects the heart as evidenced by the increase or decrease in heart rate.