Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies Jasmin Hutchinson researches whether music and music videos make a difference in exercise routines.
The benefits of exercise have been repeated so many times, the words are starting to lose their meeting. We know how important working out is, but how can we make it easier or more enjoyable? Jasmin Hutchinson, PhD, associate professor of exercise science and sport studies, is looking into that.
Hutchinson is conducting research to see what the interactive effects of music and music videos are on the psychological, psychophysical, and psychophysiological indices in an exercise setting. According to Hutchinson’s proposal, there is evidence that suggests that listening to music during exercise can significantly enhance the exercise experience, including lowered perceived effort, increased activation, increased affective states, and a synchronization effect. She delves in a bit further to ask whether combining music with video, to create multiple external stimuli, makes even more of a difference.
Study participants will experience three scenarios while running: music-only, music and video, and no auditory or visual stimuli. Hutchinson will measure subjects’ psychological (state attention focus, task motivation, perceived activation, affective valance), psychophysical (rate of perceived exertion), and psychophysiological (heart rate variable) throughout each 10 minute interval of exercise. Participants also will check in with Hutchinson before the exercise, immediately upon exercise cessation, and 10 minutes after the exercise.
“I've always had an interest in attention focus and perceived effort, which was the topic of my doctoral dissertation at Florida State University. I love to run with music and I teach indoor cycling, which is set to music, so I took my interest from there and applied my sport psychology background to it,” said Hutchinson.
This project is being done in collaboration with Costas Karageorghis and Leighton Jones of Brunel University in London. Karageorghis and Jones will conduct a study that utilizes video scenery and a stationary bike.
To date, Hutchinson has had her findings published in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, and Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Her next step is to expand her findings into non-traditional exercise populations. She will be partnering with Mercy Medical Center to provide a music and video intervention with participants in the diabetes education program.