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Music close to one's heart: heart rate variability with music, diagnostic with e-bra and smartphone
Author(s): Shantala Hegde; Prashanth Shyam Kumar; Pratyush Rai; Gyanesh N. Mathur; Vijay K. Varadan
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Paper Abstract

Music is a powerful elicitor of emotions. Emotions evoked by music, through autonomic correlates have been shown to cause significant modulation of parameters like heart rate and blood pressure. Consequently, Heart Rate Variability (HRV) analysis can be a powerful tool to explore evidence based therapeutic functions of music and conduct empirical studies on effect of musical emotion on heart function. However, there are limitations with current studies. HRV analysis has produced variable results to different emotions evoked via music, owing to variability in the methodology and the nature of music chosen. Therefore, a pragmatic understanding of HRV correlates of musical emotion in individuals listening to specifically chosen music whilst carrying out day to day routine activities is needed. In the present study, we aim to study HRV as a single case study, using an e-bra with nano-sensors to record heart rate in real time. The e-bra developed previously, has several salient features that make it conducive for this study- fully integrated garment, dry electrodes for easy use and unrestricted mobility. The study considers two experimental conditions:- First, HRV will be recorded when there is no music in the background and second, when music chosen by the researcher and by the subject is playing in the background.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8344, Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2012, 83440R (30 March 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.916793
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Shantala Hegde, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (India)
Prashanth Shyam Kumar, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Pratyush Rai, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Gyanesh N. Mathur, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Global Institute of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine Inc. (United States)
Vijay K. Varadan, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Global Institute of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8344:
Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2012
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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