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Spring 2024

Aubrey will be presenting at The Symposium of Rising Scholars on Saturday, March 23rd! To attend the event and see Aubrey's presentation.

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Aubrey Miller

Class of 2025Granite Bay, California


Hello! I’m Aubrey and my Polygence project is on how music (and the individual aspects of music like tempo and volume) impacts stress and overall well-being. As a level 10 pianist, I have been surrounded by music since I was little. I am very interested in music and also psychology, so this project is able to tie together both of these subjects. I hope to have a research paper published after completing this project.


  • "Investigating the Effects of Lyrical and Instrumental Music on Reducing Stress" with mentor Sarah (Working project)

Project Portfolio

Investigating the Effects of Lyrical and Instrumental Music on Reducing Stress

Started July 7, 2023

Abstract or project description

The purpose of this study is to determine how the choice of instrumental versus lyrical music impacts stress levels. I hope to determine whether or not either type is more effective in reducing stress. My proposed study will be using three stress indicators (heart rate, blood pressure, and a before-and-after survey) to measure the change in physical and mental stress in participants. Due to the nature of this project, those with hearing difficulties and heart problems should not participate in this study. These stress indicators will be measured before and after listening to both instrumental and lyrical music.