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dc.contributor.authorKent, Victoria
dc.contributor.authorHoos, Lauren
dc.contributor.authorKrueger, Owen
dc.contributor.authorAbbott, Seth
dc.contributor.authorPendleton, Joseph
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-01T16:44:44Z
dc.date.available2020-05-01T16:44:44Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.urihttp://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/80049
dc.descriptionAn article that appeared in JASS, issue 2014en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this research is to identify any significant difference between two forms of alternative medicine (aromatherapy and music therapy) and the body’s ability to relax unaided, in an attempt to discern if one has greater efficacy. We hypothesized that aromatherapy would be more effective than music therapy at reducing biomarker levels which correlate to anxiety. Ten students (five male and five female) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Physiology 435 class volunteered to take part in this study. Measurements of participants’ heart rate (HR), blood pressure (BP), and respiratory rate (RR) were recorded after exercise induced anxiety. During the post-exercise relaxation period, participants were exposed to three forms of experimental stimuli in three separate trials: no stimuli (control), lavender (aromatherapy), and “Weightless” by Marconi Union (music therapy). Measurements of HR, BP, and RR were then taken again. Statistical analysis of the experimental data compared the three trials to each other in four categories: systolic BP, diastolic BP, HR, and RR. Between each comparison no significant difference was found between any of the trials. These findings conclude that our initial hypothesis was incorrect and there is no greater efficacy between either stimuli. While many studies have found these alternative treatments to be effective in lowering anxiety, this may be due to a placebo effect or differences in methodology. In an attempt to resolve this, we suggest that future research should focus on quantifying the effect that a subject’s expectations may have on their levels of relaxation, as well as altering methodology.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherJournal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS)en_US
dc.subjectaudioen_US
dc.subjectauditoryen_US
dc.subjectblood pressureen_US
dc.subjectmusicen_US
dc.subjectrelaxationen_US
dc.subjectstressen_US
dc.subjectolfactionen_US
dc.subjectexerciseen_US
dc.subjectsongen_US
dc.subjectrespiratory rateen_US
dc.subjectheart rateen_US
dc.subjectaromatherapyen_US
dc.subjectalternative medicineen_US
dc.subjectlavenderen_US
dc.subjectmusic therapyen_US
dc.subjectdiastolicen_US
dc.subjectsystolicen_US
dc.subjectessential oilsen_US
dc.subjectanxietyen_US
dc.titleComparison of Essential Oils and Relaxing Music on Reducing Anxietyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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