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Richard Miller, Clinton Layne, David Shiek

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The success of the therapeutic use of music in various institutions and other research settings has pointed to the possibilities of using music to reduce anxiety in high anxiety subjects representing the non-institutionalized segment of the population. Ten sections of introductory psychology students (N=321) were randomly assigned to one of four treatment conditions or the control group. Forms A and B of the Eight State Questionnaire (8SQ) were administered in a counterbalanced fashion prior to and following the music (or no music) treatment. Results proved to be statistically non-significant. However, there appeared to be a trend for sedative music to have some anxiety reducing effect upon high state anxiety subjects. Implications of the study and a need for research investigating the effects of music on simultaneous psychological and physiological measures of anxiety were dis.cussed.


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