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Heart Rate Variability During Choral Singing
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Psychosocial oncology and supportive care.
Karolinska Institutet.
2013 (English)In: Music and medicine, ISSN 1943-8621, Vol. 5, no 1, 52-59 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contemporary research implies that choral singing is beneficial to health. Singing various kinds of songs with varied emphasis, emotion and tempo gives rise to diverse physiological responses. Breathing is assumed to be synchronized during choral singing and breathing has major influence on heart rate variability (HRV). In this study, we compare HRV responses during choral singing with slow breathing exercises. Thirteen amateur singers´ HRV were studied during a rehearsal of four songs framed by two slow breathing exercises without audience. The heart rate was generally higher and HRV generally lower during singing compared to the slow breathing conditions. During singing, but not during slow breathing, peak HRV-frequency showed considerable variation among participants. This could be due either to a low degree of synchronization of breathing during singing or other factors overruling the effects of breathing on HRV.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 5, no 1, 52-59 p.
Keyword [en]
Heart rate variability, Choral singing, Autonomic control, Breathing, Health
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191755DOI: 10.1177/1943862112471399OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-191755DiVA: diva2:587026
Available from: 2013-01-14 Created: 2013-01-14 Last updated: 2014-01-21Bibliographically approved

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