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Can Making Music Boost Your Workout?

Monday, November 04, 2013

Dumbells in a fitness club. Dumbells in a fitness club. (Dima Fadeev/Shutterstock)

We all know that music is good for a workout. But did you know that science has proven it? What’s more, a new study finds that making music, not just listening to it, makes exercising easier and more effective. The New York Times Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds discusses her recent article, "How Music Can Boost Our Workouts."

Below, watch neuroscientist Dr. Tom Fritz make music while exercising on the machines he outfitted for his study.


Stepper, Tower and Stomach Trainer (close up) from Ben Van den Berghe on Vimeo.


Gretchen Reynolds

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Donald J. Sepanek from Bayonne, NJ

Good study - this is called a "yoked" experiment, a type of research design developed by B.F. Skinner in the 50's and not used often enough today. It is called a "yoked" study because two of the conditions are joined (they both receive the same frequency and type of reinforcement), but in only one of them is there a CONTINGENT relationship between the behavior and the music, thereby demonstrating that the music is functioning as contingent reinforcement. The rest of the data demonstrate the beneficial effects of positive reinforcement. I was once hoping that Alvin Lucier would have come up with something like this for his "brain wave music".

Nov. 05 2013 02:14 PM

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