The effects of verbal suggestion with music to reduce state anxiety levels in female college students
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a statement of suggestion with music on state anxiety levels of 30 female college students who were not music majors. Subjects were randomly assigned to either of two groups: (a) New Age music only and (b) New Age music plus a statement of suggestion taken verbatim from the marketing jacket of the tape. All subjects listened to identical 20-minute excerpts of New Age music. Pre-and post-tests were given in the form of STAI-Form Y-1 and Electrodermal responses. Electrodermal measurements were taken for 3 minutes prior to and after 15 minutes of music listening. Results indicated no significant differences between groups on either variable.