Risk Behavior, Decision Making, and Music Genre in Adolescent Males

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Hampton, Joseph E.
Experimental Analysis of Behavior; Psychology; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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The effects of music on risk behavior and decision-making are still unknown. Previous studies have linked music with risky behaviors such as drinking. Evidence shows that performance and decision-making on certain tasks can be altered by the presence of music. This study seeks to evaluate decision-making while in this "altered" state of mind. It is hypothesized that decisions made listening to rock music will be more risky than those made in other conditions. Participants were assessed using several questionnaires and the Iowa Gambling Task. Participants were randomly assigned to no music, classical music, or rock music. Results indicate several interesting trends in behavior as well as several significant correlations between risky decision-making and reaction time on the Iowa Gambling Task.