Continuing my research on whether music affects heart rates and blood pressure, I found some volunteers in my university library in order to conduct more experiments.
Camara, an animation student, had a blood pressure on arrival of 127/85, pulse, 103. He chose the soothing sounds of Spirited Away by The Sixth Station which is the soundtrack to the Japanese film “Spirited Away.” Post song, his blood pressure was 139/68, pulse, 90. His systolic pressure increased, while his diastolic pressure decreased. His pulse decreased significantly.
For the fast song, Camara chose “Sweatpants” by Childish Gambino, a rap song. Post song, his blood pressure was 129/69, and pulse 98.
Rafi, also an animation student, had a blood pressure of 114/80 and a pulse rate of 84 on arrival. Rafi chose the soothing song “The Animation Ending” by Ping Pong. Post song, his blood pressure was 135/81 and his pulse was 82. His systolic pressure went up in addition to his diastolic pressure, while his pulse decreased.
Rafi chose the fast song, ” GTA” by Red Lips featuring Sam Bruno (Skrillex remix) to listen to after the soothing song. After listening to this fast song his blood pressure increased considerably to 163/141 and his pulse increased to 91.
Lucy, a design management and culture student from Slovakia before commencing the experiment had a blood pressure of 101/62 and pulse 74. The slow song she chose was Ludovico Einaudi, and the song was called “Tu Sei.” After listening to this soothing song her blood pressure decreased to 97/58 and her pulse had increased slightly to 75.
The fast song she chose to listen to was “Psycho” by Muse from the album, “Drones.” After listening to Muse, her blood pressure decreased to 96/57 and her pulse had increased to 80.
Anastasia, a Russian student from St Petersburg studying public relations her blood pressure was 115/76, pulse, 91. She chose as her slow song “She walks in beauty” by Mychael Danna. Post song, her blood pressure had decreased significantly to 108/65, and her pulse had also decreased to 85.
The fast song she listened to after this was “Right Hand Man” from the Broadway Musical “Hamilton”. Post song her blood pressure had increased significantly to 113/73 and her pulse had also increased to 88.
Dr Iris Garrelfs kindly volunteered to take part in this experiment, which I conducted in her study. On arrival, Dr Garrelfs’s blood pressure was 117/89 and her pulse was 79. She chose as her soothing music “Dorme” by Jordi Saban, a seventeenth century piece of Baroque music. After listening to this track, her systolic pressure had increased to 113/84 which meant that her diastolic pressure had increased slightly. Her pulse dropped to 76.
For her fast track, Dr Garrelfs chose ” Bossa Trez” a piece of latin music after which her blood pressure was 115/83 and her pulse was 74. The music she listened to was played through loudspeakers.