Title

Music: Study Aid or Steady Distraction

Date

5-29-2014 2:00 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 4:00 PM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Chehalis Strapp

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

In the present study it was hypothesized that the presence of background music during information acquisition would result in impaired recall. Participants consisted of 23 females and 8 males with a mean age of 22.51 years (SD= 4.365). Participants were asked to study a list of 20 words for two minutes and afterwards complete a free recall task of said words. In the experimental condition popular vocal music would be present whereas the control condition was silent. Results supported the hypothesis suggesting that background music during information acquisition subsequently impairs recall.

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May 29th, 2:00 PM May 29th, 4:00 PM

Music: Study Aid or Steady Distraction

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

In the present study it was hypothesized that the presence of background music during information acquisition would result in impaired recall. Participants consisted of 23 females and 8 males with a mean age of 22.51 years (SD= 4.365). Participants were asked to study a list of 20 words for two minutes and afterwards complete a free recall task of said words. In the experimental condition popular vocal music would be present whereas the control condition was silent. Results supported the hypothesis suggesting that background music during information acquisition subsequently impairs recall.