Effects of Music’s Emotional Styles and Tempo on Driving Behavior and Eye Movement: A Driving Simulation Study

  • Meng Yang
  • Jianqiao Wang
  • Yuqi Xia
  • Fan Yang
  • Xuemin Zhang
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 215)


This study investigated the interaction of music emotional styles and tempo in behavior and eye movement in 3D driving simulator. The main results indicated that music emotional styles affected driving behavior and eye movement in both slow tempo and fast tempo conditions, but the means of emotional styles affecting driving behavior and eye movement differed on tempo. There was significant emotional styles difference on the number of mistakes and mean fixation duration in fast tempo condition, while there was emotional styles effect on time perception and vertical spread of visual search in slow tempo condition. According to these results, we suggested that drivers should choose peaceful and cheerful music while driving.


Music emotional styles Music tempo Driving behavior Eye movement 



The present research was supported by national project of undergraduates innovation research to Meng Yang (Supervised by Xuemin Zhang).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meng Yang
    • 1
  • Jianqiao Wang
    • 1
  • Yuqi Xia
    • 1
  • Fan Yang
    • 3
  • Xuemin Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Psychology and Beijing Key Lab of Applied Experimental PsychologyBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.State Key Lab of Cognitive Neuroscience and LearningBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of Mathematical SciencesBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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