Psychophysiological Activation During Preparation, Performance, and Recovery in High- and Low-Anxious Music Students

  title={Psychophysiological Activation During Preparation, Performance, and Recovery in High- and Low-Anxious Music Students},
  author={Regina Studer and Brigitta Danuser and Pascal Wild and Horst Hildebrandt and Patrick Gomez},
  journal={Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback},
The present study provides a comprehensive view of (a) the time dynamics of the psychophysiological responding in performing music students (n = 66) before, during, and after a private and a public performance and (b) the moderating effect of music performance anxiety (MPA). Heart rate (HR), minute ventilation (VE), and all affective and somatic self-report variables increased in the public session compared to the private session. Furthermore, the activation of all variables was stronger during… 

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