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dc.contributor.authorWasley, David
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, A.
dc.contributor.authorBackx, Karianne
dc.contributor.authorWilliamon, A.
dc.identifier.citationWasley, D., Taylor, A., Backx, K. and Williamon, A. (2012) 'Influence of fitness and physical activity on cardiovascular reactivity to musical performance', Work, 41(1), pp.27-32
dc.description.abstractObjective: The current study examines the relationships between physical activity and fitness and reactivity to a musical performance stressor (MPS). Numerous studies suggest that being fitter and more physically active has a beneficial effect on individuals' cardiovascular responses to laboratory-based mental challenges. The results are equivocal regarding the transfer of such benefits to real world contexts such as musical performance. Participants: Forty six advanced music students completed this assessment. Method: All participants completed a 20-min pre-performance assessment of heart rate (HR), HR variability (HRV) and blood pressure. Participants also completed baseline measures and a sub-maximal fitness assessment on a separate day. Results: A positive association between fitness and HR pre-MPS was found. Fitness was also positively associated with root mean square SD RR_{interval} before the MPS. Higher fitness was related to lower state anxiety post-MPS. Conclusions: Implications of the findings are discussed in relation to classical musicians' day-to-day work and performance.
dc.titleInfluence of fitness and physical activity on cardiovascular reactivity to musical performanceen_GB

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