Date of Award


Document Type


First Advisor

Michael Roberts, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Scott Spiegelberg, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Nipun Chopra, Ph.D.


For my Honor Scholar thesis, I decided to look more closely into emotions and the ability to regulate them. In my first semester of senior year, I had the opportunity to develop an F-31 grant proposal where I researched ways to ease the stress response in veterans with posttraumatic stress. Similarly, for this project, my interest was researching situational stressors and seeing how individuals can regulate their emotions following a stressful event. A longstanding passion of mine has been music, specifically electronic dance music. It was music that I had listened to often in my childhood, and it has always been a part of my life. I wanted to combine my love of music with my interest in stress response to determine whether or not individuals with a music education can regulate their emotions after a stress-inducing task. When researching music and its production, I observed that many aspects of a song make it sound satisfactory to an individual. Upon further examination of music can cause the release of positive neurotransmitters into the brain. I aimed to get the best results possible to investigate if music education has a role in an individual's ability to use music as a coping mechanism after a stressful event.