The study, conducted by Brunel University London and published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, found that hearing Marvin Gaye's rendition of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” while being active resulted in stimulation in the region of the brain associated with easing fatigue.
这项研究由伦敦布鲁内尔大学发表在《国际心理生理学杂志》上，称锻炼时听Marvin Gaye演唱的歌曲《I Heard It Through The Grapevine》能够刺激脑部降低疲劳感的控制区域。
Participants also reported feeling that their workouts felt shorter and more exciting while listening to the 11-minute song, the only song used in the study.
Of the findings, study author Dr Marcelo Bigliassi told PsyPost: “Music is a very powerful auditory stimulus and can be used to assuage negative bodily sensations that usually arise during exercise-related situations”.
However, Dr Bigliassi does have practical concerns when it comes to the effects of music on workouts.
Although science proves music does lessen fatigue, he worries that humans may become too reliant on music as an escape from reality.
“We have learnt so much about the psychophysical, psychological, and psychophysiological effects of music in the past two decades that people are almost developing a peculiar form of stimulus dependence,” he said.
“If we continue to promote the unnecessary use of auditory and visual stimulation, the next generation might be no longer able to tolerate fatigue-related symptoms and exercise in the absence of music.”
Despite his concerns, Dr Bigliassi said: “Music and audiovisual stimuli can and should be used and promoted, but with due care.”
However, instead of relying solely on music, he also feels that it is important people learn other ways to cope with fatigue associated with exercise.