Title

Effects of Music on Test performance

Date

5-31-2018 1:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 3:00 PM

Location

WUC Summit

Session Chair

AES Team

Session Title

Afternoon Multidisciplinary poster Session

Presentation Type

Poster session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jamie Cloud

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to analyze the previous research on the effects of harmonic vs. inharmonic music as it related to test performance. The predictions were that (1) the more harmonic the music played during a math test was, the better an individual would do on said test; and (2) due to the stereotype that females are better at multi-tasking than males, the degree to which women were affected by inharmonic music would be less than the degree to which men were. Both men and women were randomly put into one of three groups, with group 1 being harmonic music, group 2 being no music, and group 3 being inharmonic music; each group then performed the same basic math quiz while listening to the music for their group. Data will be analyzed using a 2x3 Analysis of Variance. Implications of the results and suggestions for future research will be discussed.

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Effects of Music on Test performance

WUC Summit

The purpose of the current study was to analyze the previous research on the effects of harmonic vs. inharmonic music as it related to test performance. The predictions were that (1) the more harmonic the music played during a math test was, the better an individual would do on said test; and (2) due to the stereotype that females are better at multi-tasking than males, the degree to which women were affected by inharmonic music would be less than the degree to which men were. Both men and women were randomly put into one of three groups, with group 1 being harmonic music, group 2 being no music, and group 3 being inharmonic music; each group then performed the same basic math quiz while listening to the music for their group. Data will be analyzed using a 2x3 Analysis of Variance. Implications of the results and suggestions for future research will be discussed.