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Spatial runner : environmental and musical exposure effects on runners through an idealized routing network

Kuhre-Holmquist, Leif LU (2017) In Student thesis series INES NGEM01 20172
Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Abstract
Physical activities such as running have previously been proven to be positive on the health of individuals who partake in such activities. Further studies have separately analyzed the positive benefits of natural environments, such as forests, and positive effects of music on runners. This study evaluates how the presence or absence of such natural environments with and without musical stimuli effect the stress levels of individuals both physically and psychologically while running a predetermined route in the real world. Spatially Turn-Restricted Weighting Algorithm (STRWA) was created to solve the route creation criteria required of this study. The results of several analysis, both at the macro and micro levels of the study area, show... (More)
Physical activities such as running have previously been proven to be positive on the health of individuals who partake in such activities. Further studies have separately analyzed the positive benefits of natural environments, such as forests, and positive effects of music on runners. This study evaluates how the presence or absence of such natural environments with and without musical stimuli effect the stress levels of individuals both physically and psychologically while running a predetermined route in the real world. Spatially Turn-Restricted Weighting Algorithm (STRWA) was created to solve the route creation criteria required of this study. The results of several analysis, both at the macro and micro levels of the study area, show that natural environments give lower physical stress levels than ones which have more urban characteristics. Additionally, music exposure further increases the positive feeling felt by a runner while increasing running speeds and only mildly increasing heart rate. (Less)
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Physical activities such as running have previously been proven to be positive on the health of individuals who partake in such activity. It has been further shown that runners who are exposed to high tempo music encounter faster running speeds and better psychological feeling levels. This study has evaluated how the presence or absence of such natural environments with and without musical stimuli effect the stress levels of individuals both physically and psychologically.

In order to evaluate these differences, a real-world routing scenario was created. This routing scenario was created by an algorithm developed through this study and based on previous routing algorithms found commonly in spatial analysis. This algorithm considered... (More)
Physical activities such as running have previously been proven to be positive on the health of individuals who partake in such activity. It has been further shown that runners who are exposed to high tempo music encounter faster running speeds and better psychological feeling levels. This study has evaluated how the presence or absence of such natural environments with and without musical stimuli effect the stress levels of individuals both physically and psychologically.

In order to evaluate these differences, a real-world routing scenario was created. This routing scenario was created by an algorithm developed through this study and based on previous routing algorithms found commonly in spatial analysis. This algorithm considered vegetation and urban criteria in the landscape as well as placed restrictions on how runners could be tested and aptly named Spatially Turn-Restricted Weighting Algorithm or STRWA. This algorithm gave two separate running routes, one which was urban centric and the other densely vegetated centric. Where both of these were tested with and without the participants listening to high tempo music.

The results of this study, in which analysis was conducted at both the macro and micro levels of the study area showed that natural environments induced lower physical stress levels among the participants than areas with higher urban characteristics. Additionally, music exposure increased the positive feeling felt by the runners while simultaneously increasing running speeds with mild increases in heart rate. (Less)
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Kuhre-Holmquist, Leif LU
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alternative title
Does combined vegetation and music have effects on the physiology and psychology of runners?
course
NGEM01 20172
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Traveling Salesman Problem, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, turn-restriction algorithm, GRVI, exercise, geomatics
publication/series
Student thesis series INES
report number
437
language
English
additional info
External supervisor: Prof. Jens Ingensand. Geomatics Department in the Territorial Engineering Institute School of Engineering and Management Vaud, Switzerland
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8928390
date added to LUP
2017-11-10 14:58:51
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2017-11-10 14:58:51
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  abstract     = {Physical activities such as running have previously been proven to be positive on the health of individuals who partake in such activities. Further studies have separately analyzed the positive benefits of natural environments, such as forests, and positive effects of music on runners. This study evaluates how the presence or absence of such natural environments with and without musical stimuli effect the stress levels of individuals both physically and psychologically while running a predetermined route in the real world. Spatially Turn-Restricted Weighting Algorithm (STRWA) was created to solve the route creation criteria required of this study. The results of several analysis, both at the macro and micro levels of the study area, show that natural environments give lower physical stress levels than ones which have more urban characteristics. Additionally, music exposure further increases the positive feeling felt by a runner while increasing running speeds and only mildly increasing heart rate.},
  author       = {Kuhre-Holmquist, Leif},
  keyword      = {Traveling Salesman Problem,Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science,turn-restriction algorithm,GRVI,exercise,geomatics},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Student thesis series INES},
  title        = {Spatial runner : environmental and musical exposure effects on runners through an idealized routing network},
  year         = {2017},
}