On the role of lyrics in the music–exercise performance relationship

Sanchez, Xavier ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3498-0276 , Moss, Samantha L., Twist, Craig and Karageorghis, Costas I. (2013) On the role of lyrics in the music–exercise performance relationship. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15 (1). pp. 132-138.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.10.007


Objectives: To examine the role of lyrics on a range of psychological, psychophysical, and physiological variables during submaximal cycling ergometry.

Design: Within-subject counterbalanced design.

Method: Twenty-five participants performed three 6-min cycling trials at a power output corresponding to 75% of their maximum heart rate under conditions of music with lyrics, same music without lyrics, and a no-music control. Cycling cadence, heart rate, and perceived exertion were recorded at 2-min intervals during each trial. Positive and negative affect was assessed before and after each trial.

Results: Participants cycled at a higher cadence towards the end of the cycling trials under music with lyrics. Main effects were found for perceived exertion and heart rate, both of which increased from min 2 through to min 6, and for affect: positive affect increased and negative affect decreased from pre- to posttrials.

Conclusions: Participants pedalled faster in both music conditions (with and without lyrics) while perceived exertion and heart rate did not differ. The inclusion of lyrics influenced cycling cadence only at min 6 and had no effect on the remaining dependent variables throughout the duration of the cycling trials. The impact of lyrical content in the music exercise performance relationship warrants further attention in order for us to better understand its role.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Publisher: Elsevier for European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC)
ISSN: 1878-5476
Departments: Academic Departments > Medical & Sport Sciences (MSS) > Sports and Physical Activity
Depositing User: Xavier Sanchez
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 14:04
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 12:00
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2324


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