Presentation Title

The Effect of Happy vs. Sad Music on Gait Variability

Advisor Information

Vivien Marmelat

Location

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

3-3-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

3-3-2017 10:15 AM

Abstract

The property of music to make people move has been a focus for motor rehabilitation in recent years. Research pertaining to movement pathologies such as Parkinson’s, have shown that entrainment to a rhythmic stimulus aids in temporal stability of gait. Recent studies have demonstrated that music also affects gait variability, or the fluctuations occurring from stride to stride in walking. This key biomechanical feature has also been correlated to walking stability and risk of falls. However, no research has examined how gait dynamics are affected by the emotional content of the music. The emotional content of music can generally be understood as how the pitches present in a piece of music behave. The purpose of this project is to investigate the effects of Happy vs. Sad music on gait dynamics. Understanding how the happiness or sadness of music affects gait may provide insight into further development of music as a stimulus for gait rehabilitation.

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Mar 3rd, 9:00 AM Mar 3rd, 10:15 AM

The Effect of Happy vs. Sad Music on Gait Variability

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

The property of music to make people move has been a focus for motor rehabilitation in recent years. Research pertaining to movement pathologies such as Parkinson’s, have shown that entrainment to a rhythmic stimulus aids in temporal stability of gait. Recent studies have demonstrated that music also affects gait variability, or the fluctuations occurring from stride to stride in walking. This key biomechanical feature has also been correlated to walking stability and risk of falls. However, no research has examined how gait dynamics are affected by the emotional content of the music. The emotional content of music can generally be understood as how the pitches present in a piece of music behave. The purpose of this project is to investigate the effects of Happy vs. Sad music on gait dynamics. Understanding how the happiness or sadness of music affects gait may provide insight into further development of music as a stimulus for gait rehabilitation.