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Setting things straight: Music and performance

Setting things straight: The research that investigates the effects of music listening on our performance

Can music make you perform better?

In this video, we’ll dig more into how music in general affects us. Let’s go through the research that investigates the effects of music on performance.


  • Cole, Z., & Maeda, H. (2015). Effects of listening to preferential music on sex differences in endurance running performance. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 121(2), 390-398.
  • Edworthy, J., & Waring, H. (2006). The effects of music tempo and loudness level on treadmill exercise. Ergonomics, 49(15), 1597-1610.
  • Elliott, D., Polman, R., & Taylor, J. (2014). The effects of relaxing music for anxiety control on competitive sport anxiety. European Journal of Sport Science, 14(sup1), S296-S301.
  • Kitahara, T., Hokari, S., & Nagayasu, T. (2014, June). Music synchronizer with runner’s pace for supporting steady pace jogging. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 343-348). Springer, Cham.
  • North, A. C., Hargreaves, D. J., & McKendrick, J. (1999). The influence of in-store music on wine selections. Journal of Applied Psychology, 84(2), 271.
  • Vasilev, M. R., Kirkby, J. A., & Angele, B. (2018). Auditory distraction during reading: A Bayesian meta-analysis of a continuing controversy. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13(5), 567-597.
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