Movies and the Beat!
Abstract: Movies make us cry, laugh, pee our pants, and feel totally badass. For our experiment we wondered one question: would different genres cause us to have different changes in heart rate? To find this out we decided to select small, two-minute clips of movies that covered four genres: horror, comedy, action, and drama. After we selected our clips, we went out and picked two female subjects and two male subjects to test our hypothesis that different genres would affect genders differently. Once we had both our clips and subjects, we performed our experiment. We monitored the heart rate of each subject before showing the movie clip and during the two minutes they watched each clip. Our results proved that seventy-five percent of our hypothesis was correct. Females heart rates were more affected by scary movies and dramas, while males heart rates were more affected by comedy. However, males were not as affected by action as we had predicted. We decided that this was due to the fact that each subject was not exposed to long enough sections of the movie to become fully emerged into the emotions of the movie.
I. Title: Movies and the Beat
II. Problem: Is heart rate affected by the genre of movies you watch?
III. Hypothesis: If a person watches a scene representative of a genre with intensity, then their heart rate will increase because of emotional stimulation. A male will react differently than a female. A male’s subject’s heart rate will be more affected by the action and comedy genres because they are easily excited by fast-paced entertainment. A female’s heart rate will be more affected by the drama and horror genres because they are emotionally driven.
- Test subjects (total 4- two females & two males)
- Computer (MacBook)
- LoggerPro Software
- Vernier LabQuest Mini
- Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor
- Empty, dark, quiet room
- 4 two minute movie clips of different movie genres
- Select two boys and two girls around the same age for test subjects.
- Using the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor, LoggerPro Software, and Vernier LabQuest Mini on the Macbook gather the heart rate for each test subject.
- After recording the resting heart rate of each subject, take one subject into the room to watch the four separate movie clips.
- Using the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor, LoggerPro Software, and Vernier LabQuest Mini on the Macbook gather the heart rate of the subject while they watch each clip.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each of the remaining subjects.
- After gathering the data for each subject use the data to compare the changes in heart rates among the subjects. While comparing data try to focus on how each person reacted to the different movie genres.