Study: Motivational Music Increases Risk-Taking

Music evoking emotional responses gathers considerable scientific interest

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A new study finds that listening to motivational music during sport activities and exercise increases risk-taking behavior but does not improve overall performance.

The effect was more noticeable among men and participants who selected their own playlist.

The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, also found that self-selected music had the power to enhance self-esteem among those who were already performing well, but not among participants who were performing poorly.

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