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The Beneficial Effects of Relaxation Techniques on Stress, Memory and Attention

Kanellakou, Christina LU (2014) PSYP01 20141
Department of Psychology
Abstract
High levels of stress have been documented to impact memory and attention. On the other hand according to previous literature low levels of stress can be helpful in preparing individuals physically and mentally to become active. Relaxation techniques have been proved to reduce stress successfully but there is debate regarding if they have the same positive effects on cognitive performance as well. In the present study we tried to investigate the effects of Kaspereen’s relaxation technique combined with “sedative” (soft- tempo) music on the levels of stress scores and cognitive performance scores among students. Therefore, 40 females students from different universities in Sweden, were recruited for this experiment, to examine if... (More)
High levels of stress have been documented to impact memory and attention. On the other hand according to previous literature low levels of stress can be helpful in preparing individuals physically and mentally to become active. Relaxation techniques have been proved to reduce stress successfully but there is debate regarding if they have the same positive effects on cognitive performance as well. In the present study we tried to investigate the effects of Kaspereen’s relaxation technique combined with “sedative” (soft- tempo) music on the levels of stress scores and cognitive performance scores among students. Therefore, 40 females students from different universities in Sweden, were recruited for this experiment, to examine if Kaspereen’s relaxation technique can be beneficial not only for stress but for memory and attention as well. Our findings on stress and memory, demonstrate support for our hypotheses. Memory scores of the experimental group, increased from pre- measurements to post-measurements while stress was reduced. Concerning attention we didn’t have adequate evidence to support our hypothesis. (Less)
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author
Kanellakou, Christina LU
supervisor
organization
course
PSYP01 20141
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Stress reduction, Cognition, Cognitive Performance.
language
English
id
4646353
date added to LUP
2014-09-17 10:31:59
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2014-09-17 10:31:59
@misc{4646353,
  abstract     = {High levels of stress have been documented to impact memory and attention. On the other hand according to previous literature low levels of stress can be helpful in preparing individuals physically and mentally to become active. Relaxation techniques have been proved to reduce stress successfully but there is debate regarding if they have the same positive effects on cognitive performance as well. In the present study we tried to investigate the effects of Kaspereen’s relaxation technique combined with “sedative” (soft- tempo) music on the levels of stress scores and cognitive performance scores among students. Therefore, 40 females students from different universities in Sweden, were recruited for this experiment, to examine if Kaspereen’s relaxation technique can be beneficial not only for stress but for memory and attention as well. Our findings on stress and memory, demonstrate support for our hypotheses. Memory scores of the experimental group, increased from pre- measurements to post-measurements while stress was reduced. Concerning attention we didn’t have adequate evidence to support our hypothesis.},
  author       = {Kanellakou, Christina},
  keyword      = {Stress reduction,Cognition,Cognitive Performance.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Beneficial Effects of Relaxation Techniques on Stress, Memory and Attention},
  year         = {2014},
}