Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 221–222

The effect of music on eating behavior

  • Thomas C. Roballey
  • Colleen McGreevy
  • Richard R. Rongo
  • Michelle L. Schwantes
  • Peter J. Steger
  • Marie A. Wininger
  • Elizabeth B. Gardner
Article

Abstract

The effects of music tempo on number of bites per minute and total time of meal were studied. Eleven subjects unknowingly participated in the study. Three music conditions were used: fast tempo, slow tempo, and no music. A significant increase in the number of bites per minute was found; the effect was largest for fast-tempo music, which suggests arousal as a possible mediator. No difference was found in total time of meal. A questionnaire revealed no evidence that subjects were aware of the music.

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© The Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas C. Roballey
    • 1
  • Colleen McGreevy
    • 1
  • Richard R. Rongo
    • 1
  • Michelle L. Schwantes
    • 1
  • Peter J. Steger
    • 1
  • Marie A. Wininger
    • 1
  • Elizabeth B. Gardner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFairfield UniversityFairfield

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