Interactive effects of task load and music tempo on psychological, psychophysiological, and behavioural outcomes during simulated driving

The authors examined the interactive effects of task load and music tempo on cognition, affect, cardiac response, and safety-relevant behaviour during simulated driving. Using a counterbalanced, within-subjects design, participants (N = 46) were exposed to fast-, slow-, and no-music conditions at high and low loads in a high-grade simulator. Task load had the most salient effect across a broad swath of variables. For core affect, the Load × Music Condition interaction showed that, under high load, affective arousal scores were higher in the fast-tempo condition vs. slow. A main effect of tempo emerged for the HRV index of SDNN, with fast-tempo music eliciting lower scores than both slow- and no-music conditions. Behavioural data showed a main effect of tempo for risk ratings, with fast-tempo music eliciting the highest scores for a traffic-light trigger. The authors' findings indicate that drivers in high-load, urban environments should exercise caution in their use of fast-tempo music.

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  • Authors:
    • Karageorghis, Costas I
    • Kuan, Garry
    • Mouchlianitis, Elias
    • Payre, William
    • Howard, Luke W
    • Reed, Nick
    • Parkes, Andrew M
  • Publication Date: 2022-7


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  • Accession Number: 01857476
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 12 2022 10:22AM