Title

The Effects of Music on Reading Comprehension

Date

6-1-2017 8:30 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 10:30 AM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences poster Session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jaime Cloud

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The current study sought to investigate a possible connection between emotionally provocative music and reading comprehension, following research supporting that music works to enhance encoding memory for words. This study predicts that (1) calming music will improve reading comprehension compared to both stressful music and silence, and (2) music will have a greater effect on reading comprehension when the reading task is more difficult. Participants were assigned a hard or easy reading task to do while either in a calming music condition, a stressful music condition, or silence condition. Participants were then asked to answer three multiple choice questions assessing their reading comprehension. Data will be analyzed using a 2 x 3 Analysis of Variance. Implications of the obtained findings and future directions will be discussed.

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The Effects of Music on Reading Comprehension

WUC Pacific Room

The current study sought to investigate a possible connection between emotionally provocative music and reading comprehension, following research supporting that music works to enhance encoding memory for words. This study predicts that (1) calming music will improve reading comprehension compared to both stressful music and silence, and (2) music will have a greater effect on reading comprehension when the reading task is more difficult. Participants were assigned a hard or easy reading task to do while either in a calming music condition, a stressful music condition, or silence condition. Participants were then asked to answer three multiple choice questions assessing their reading comprehension. Data will be analyzed using a 2 x 3 Analysis of Variance. Implications of the obtained findings and future directions will be discussed.