Project 5: Week 6


My population of interest is adolescents. I am interested in teens that are of the ages 15-17. Subjects from Clara Barton high school were sampled from the population. They were recruited at random. A letter was handed out to all of the students at the school. The ones who responded were chosen. There were forty subjects chosen. The experimental group was told to listen to a playlist provided on their phone everyday straight for two weeks. The control group was told not to listen to music everyday for two weeks. I assigned the subjects at random. All forty names were written on a piece of paper and placed in a hat. The girls were chosen first then the boys. Ten girls and ten boys were assigned to each group. Students who passed an emotional stability test were chosen. The test proved that the chosen subjects were emotionally healthy. They had no signs of depression. Subjects who showed signs of depression emotional instability were excluded. The average age of the subjects was 16 years old. The average ethnicity was African American.The subjects were motivated by tickets to a game at the Barclays center. The subjects also received two extra credits added on to their transcript.


I used an mp3 player, headphones, paper and pencil. The experiment group was told to listen to music from Future in a two week time span. The artist future makes rap music. His music promotes substance abuse. The stimulus was presented through an mp3 player. The experimental group was provided with an mp3 player that had 30 songs from future. At the end of the two weeks, the students were given an emotional test. This test would determine if they were depressed or had thoughts of depression.


The students were only allowed to listen to one artist everyday for two weeks. They had to listen to the playlist entirely. The subjects were told to listen to or to not listen to the assigned music for the two weeks.The subjects were taken into a room where they sat for 2 hours listening to future. The students were given an emotional test. This test would determine if they were depressed or had thoughts of depression.



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About Robert O. Duncan

I'm an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at City University of New York, with joint appointments in Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience. I also have an appointment as a Visiting Scholar at New York University. My research interests include cognitive neuroscience, functional magnetic resonance imaging, glaucoma, neurodegenerative disorders, attention, learning, memory, educational technology, pedagogy, and developing games for education.

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