Sarah and I have finally started our testing on the effects of music on cognitive processes and it has been going somewhat smoothly. We have had plenty of bumps in the road thus far, but it is getting easier as we go along. I will say, the three minutes each test takes is the longest part of the process for us and the hardest. The grading is a close second, and getting forms back from people is in third place. The faces of our participants when we say to put their pencils down is probably the best part, or at least my favorite. Their faces are full of worry, relief, or panic as the timer stops and papers are collected. The reactions of the participants to the music is great to see, whether it is the neutral song or their favorite. Some of the participants love the music and smile and move their head to the beat, and others hate it and frown or get restless in their seat, clearly wanting to make it stop. The relief of being able to say that they’re done with all of the tests is amazing. Well, for us it is. Some of the participants get nervous or worried about how they did even though no one will know who did how well on each test.
Music is a part of everyday life. You hear it at home, at school, in the car, on the bus, at a store, the list is endless. Well, maybe it is endless… Anyways! Music is always there and affects mood and behaviors of the person listening to it. Whether it’s good or bad, it happens. Music can make you feel great and happy, or it can make you feel bad, sad, or angry. These moods affect your behavior more than you think. Sometimes music even affects just your behavior. Ever been upset and about to cry then dancing around your room? Yeah, like that.