Date of Award
Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project
Honors Program Director
Dr. Gavin Keulks
This study was an examination of the impact video game music may have had on the performance of a difficult cognitive task. Participants listened to music selected from the video game “Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” while simultaneously playing the 2-back version of the N-back test. Participants were split into four groups, video game player listening to battle music, video game player and town music, non-player and boss music, and non-player and town music. The task was administered on a computer and results were measured by percent correct. Scores were analyzed with a two by two ANOVA with no significant difference found. This leads to the conclusion that video game music does not have an impact on the performance of a mentally difficult task.
Harrel, Whitley, "Video Game Music and Task Performance: Experiment and Review" (2020). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 227.
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