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Impact of Vibrational Frequencies on State Mood and Mindfulness
VanSteenhuyse, Erica
Payne, Erica
Heydel, Zahava
Webster, James
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Denver, CO
Metropolitan State University of Denver
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Faculty mentor: Michael Rhoads
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Impact of Vibrational Frequencies on State Mood and Mindfulness Erica VanSteenhuyse: James Webster, Erica Payne, Zahava Heydel , & Dr. Michael Rhoads INTRODUCTION METHOD RESULTS DISCUSSION The present study examined whether exposure to different kinds of high or low frequencies impact state mood and mindfulness levels . The results showed no significant interaction between high or low frequency exposure and current mood and/or mindfulness levels . However, this insignificance could have been because of differences in this study versus previous studies . There were several limitations in this current study that may have contributed to this insignificant finding : insufficient sample size, insufficient amplitude size, and combining studies together could have had a negative impact on mood and mindfulness despite any intervention efforts . Due to these limitations, it may be premature to draw and final conclusions about the impact of frequency exposure on state mood and mindfulness . Therefore, a follow up experiment was created to decrease these limitations : get more participants, use a larger speaker for amplitude increase, and streamline the procedure with only one experiment . Unfortunately, COVID 19 was a huge hinderance on completion of this follow up experiment due to campus closures . Vibration is a part of everyday life, whether we are aware of it or not . Everyone experiences vibration in a variety of different ways : intentionally with music and speech, environmentally by cars, computers, phones, etc . , and unconsciously, because there are many vibrational frequencies that are not audible to the human ear . Previous studies have focused on whether vibrational exposure impacts mood or impacts mindfulness, but the aim of the current study was to examine whether exposure to vibration of high and low frequencies has any impact on state mood and mindfulness levels together . Participants (n = 28 ) were assigned to listen to either high frequencies ( 20 , 000 Hz and above) or low frequencies ( 50 Hz or below) . Regardless of intervention, participants completed the State Mindfulness Survey (SMS) and the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) questionnaires before and after their retrospective intervention . Design : Using a quasi experimental method, we compared pre intervention survey results with post intervention survey results to see if there was any significant change over time by condition interactions for any of the dependent variables Participants : The participants of this study were 28 students from an Introductory Psychology course at an urban mid western University . Of the 28 participants, 22 identified as female, 5 identified as male, and 1 identified as genderqueer . The mean age of participants was 21 . 4 years old . Procedure : During intervention, participants took the SMS and PANAS pre and post intervention . The intervention consisted of playing 3 pure tones for 30 seconds each . If in the high group : 20 , 000 Hz, 22 , 500 Hz, and 25 , 000 Hz tones were played . If in the low group : 100 Hz, 50 Hz, and 5 Hz tones were played . No outliers or univariate outliers were found in the data set. To test whether exposure to high or low frequencies had any impact on state mood and/or mindfulness levels, a one way repeated measures MANOVA was conducted to examine whether there were significant differences between conditions in positive affect, negative affect, and mindfulness (body and mind) across time. No significant interaction between time and condition on the dependent variables was found: F(4,18) = .14, p = .97, dependent variables did not show a significant time effect, F(4,18) = .89, p < .50, partial h2 = .16. Table 1: Descriptive Statistics Figure 1: Complex Sound Wave Examples All vibration has some kind of impact on its atmosphere as it moves through the air and eventually comes into contact with matter Vibration can travel through gas, liquid, and solids. People are constantly surrounded by a unique combination of vibrations This exposure to different vibrational frequencies, even individual state mindfulness and mood levels. Studies have shown that exposure to low frequency vibrations can decrease mood and mindfulness, and exposure to high frequency vibrations can increase mood and mindfulness. The purpose of this study is to explore this hypothesis in further detail with new methodology. PURPOSE