Year of Publication

2014

Date of Thesis

05-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Exercise and Sport Sciences

Subject Categories

Exercise music; Exercise tests

Abstract

Binaural beats are an auditory illusion perceived when two or more pure tones of similar frequencies are presented dichotically through stereo headphones. This phenomenon is thought to have the potential to facilitate changes in arousal. The present study investigated the effects of 7 Hz binaural beating on post-exercise recovery and stress responsivity in college-aged students (n = 21; 18-29 years old).Theta binaural beats failed to outperform placebo in altering post-exercise recovery or stress responsivity. However, after listening to binaural beats, participants reported feeling more relaxed (6.4% change) and less stressed (11.5% change). Findings from the present study suggest that listening to binaural beats may have subtle psychological effects.

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