The Effect of Harp Music on Heart Rate, Mean Blood Pressure, Respiratory Rate, and Body Temperature in the African Green Monkey
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH INST OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES FORT DETRICK MD
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The effectiveness of recorded harp music as a tool for relaxation for nonhuman primates NHP is explored in this study. Konigsberg Instruments Model T27F-1B cardiovascular telemetry devices were implanted into nine African green monkeys Chlorocebus aethiops. After post-surgical recovery, animals were exposed to recorded harp music. Telemetry data were collected on heart rate, mean blood pressure, respiratory rate, and body temperature for a 30-minute baseline period before music exposure a 90-minute period of music exposure and a 90-minute postexposure period, where no music was played. The results showed no statistical differences in heart rate, mean blood pressure, respiratory rate, and body temperature among pre-exposure, exposure, and postexposure periods. The authors conclude that the lack of response in these African green monkeys may be attributable to their generally calm demeanor in captivity. Experiments with a more excitable species, such as the rhesus macaque, might demonstrate a significant relaxation response to music.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Stress Physiology
- Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering