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"Performance Adrenaline": The Effects of Endorphins, Serotonin, Dopamine, and Adrenaline on the Performing Singer

Abstract The thrill of a live performance can enhance endorphin, serotonin, dopamine, and adrenaline levels in the body. This mixture of heightened chemical levels is a result of "performance adrenaline." This phenomenon can positively and/or negatively affect a performing singer. A singer's body is her instrument, and therefore, any bodily change can alter the singing voice. The uptake of these chemicals can especially influence a central aspect of singing: breath. "Performance adrenaline" can induce shallow or clavicular breathing, alter phonation, and affect vibrato. To optimize the positive effects and counteract the negative, diaphragmatic breathing, yoga, and beta-blockers are explored as viable management tools. ... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Paige, Belinda Roseann (Author) / FitzPatrick, Carole (Advisor) / Dreyfoos, Dale (Committee member) / Norton, Kay (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / Adrenaline / Breathing for Singing / Dopamine / Endorphins / Performance Adrenaline / Serotonin
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 74 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Music 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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