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This science fair project was conducted to find out if music can alter the moods and temporary dispositions of schoolgoers. Testing was done by asking participants to take part in a survey whilst cheerful, somber or heavy-metal music was played in the ba


The type of music being played in the background will affect the temporary disposition of the participants.

Scientific Terms

Mood, hormone, serotonin, adrenalin


Music and moods

Music has been around for ages and is not limited to any culture or nation. It has been called an international language as one does not have to speak the language in order to appreciate a culture’s music. All cultures, religions and nations have some form of native song, music or instrument that is part of their tradition.

The reason music is popular in all cultures is because of the soothing effect it has on people. Listening to soft music and enjoying it can help to alter a person’s mood and bring a certain contentment, joy and happiness in them. This can be very useful in helping to lift our spirits at times when we are feeling down, disappointed or depressed.

Music can help in reducing stress by helping our muscles to relax, while reducing our breathing rate. It also stimulates the production of the hormone serotonin that makes us feel happy and improves our mood. Music is also able to elevate our moods by altering our brain waves. Fast, motivational music can be useful in getting our adrenalin pumped so that we will be motivated during exercise or work.

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