Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Brent King

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

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.

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