Research Papers

The Effects of Music Tempo on Driver Risk Taking

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Category 2011 CMRSC XXI Halifax
Tags Session 2B, Student Paper Award Winner
Author/Auteur Ashley Hall, David L. Wiesenthal
Award/Prix Étudiant 3 Student

Ashley Hall (L) and Amanda Dean (R)

Ashley Hall (L) and Amanda Dean (R)


The effect of music tempo was investigated to determine its effects on risk taking on roadways and performance in a driving simulator. Eighty participants completed a demographic questionnaire about driving history and then were put into 1 of 4 music conditions: no music (control), slow tempo, medium tempo and high tempo. Participants were then tested using two measures of risky driving behaviour: the Vienna Risk-Taking Test Traffic (WRBTV, a subtest of the Vienna Test System (a computer based driving program that measureu2019s risk taking based on reaction times) and DriveSim, a computer- based driving simulator. As predicted on the WRBTV, significant differences between the control group of no music and some of the tempo conditions were obtained with risk- taking increasing as music tempo increased. The DriveSim simulator found significant differences indicating that speeding was lower in the slower tempo group compared to the medium tempo condition.

Ashley Hall, David L. Wiesenthal