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American Pop

Music vs. Spanish

Pop Music

Andrew Brown
6th Period
AP Stats
Due: 11/16/18

Our goal was to see if American Pop and Spanish Pop would react
differently to people’s heart beat and see if they got more excited
over one or the other.

In our experiment we randomly chose classrooms given to us plus

some. We also randomly chose kids and they had to do that
treatment. We gave them about 30 seconds of the song and the
songs had the same tempo so there was no bias there. In the end
we found there was no correlation between music and heartbeat
unless they start dancing.
1st Step

1. To start off our project we created a block. We randomly chose

between the 8 teachers on the board plus Mrs. Blake and Ms.
Besecker. By giving each teacher a number and using the Randint on
the calculator, we would go to Mrs. Blake’s, Ms. Besecker’s, and
Waterman’s classrooms to survey.
Step 2 & 3

2. We wanted 36 students total, so that was 18 boys and 18 girls because girls have a
relatively lower steady heartbeat than boys because of a boys faster metabolism. This was
our blocked method. In each classroom we would randomly assign 6 boys and 6 girls to try
our 2 treatments.

3. Our 2 treatments were American Pop or Spanish Pop. The first boy would do American
and the 2nd Boy would do Spanish and then repeat. The same would go for the girls

4. We record our data and set up a graph and evaluate it.

Who’s my PEEPS?

Population: El Capitan High School Students

Sample: 6th Period El Capitan High School Students

What went wrong?

1. Undercoverage-
a. Some seniors at El Capitan don’t have 6th period, so they didn’t
have the chance to be selected for the study.
2. Response Bias-
a. We allowed the person themself to take their own heartbeat
which could allow for them to lie to us
3. Wording of Question
a. Asking for someone’s Heart rate is a little weird and that question
in itself could spike it and not allow for a steady rate
Parts of Study

● We used a SRS
○ Explained in previous slides
● Units
● Explanatory
○ The music explains the heartbeat
● Response
○ Heartbeat is affected
What’re my Treatments?

Randomly selected 6 boys and 6 girls out of 3 teachers classroom to get a

total of 36 students.

Treatment 1- Half of the boys and girls, so 9 girls and boys listened to
Spanish Pop.

Treatment 2- The other half listened to American Pop.

Graphical Evidence for Spanish Pop Music
Graphical Evidence American Pop Music

We are comparing American Music and Spanish Music. We are seeing the difference
in heart rate and to see if one makes people happier than the other. There was no clear
correlation between the two but the girls seemed to be affected more by the music.
We blocked the girls and boys differently because girls typically have a lower BPM than
a guy does. To show the difference better and not be completely different, splitting
them up better supported our data then we brought them back together to show that
girls were affected more than guys were.
Control Group

During our experiment we had a control group that didn’t listen to music. We wanted to
see how people would react without listening to music and us asking them their
heartbeat. Our Control was just asking them what their heartbeat was and not listening
to music. Then later we asked for them to listen to music. 9 of the 18 in each of the
groups would follow this procedure.
Random Assignment

As shown before, we randomly chose classrooms, and then had

randomly chosen students in those classrooms with a SRS on our
calculators. We split up the girls and boys and gave a boy a
number out of the total number of boys, and then the girls a number
out of the total number of girls. We then used RandInt on the
calculator to choose 4 boys and girls in each classroom. Out of the
boys and girls chosen, we randomly assign them to one of the 2

We replicated our experiment thoroughly by having an even

amount on each side of 18 and a total amount of 36. We were able
to evenly see the difference between Spanish and American music
as well as show whether boys or girls are affected more.

In the end, I think the girls were more affected by the music more
than boys. This is interesting as either the boys didn’t want to listen
to music, or the girls were more into it. For both sections the girls
BPM went up more than boys after the songs.