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Saturday, November 7

11 to 11:30 A.M.

CAST YOUR VOTE for the best scientist communicator! TCU College of Science and Engineering’s 3 Minute Thesis final competition will be held in the Research and Learning Center.  During this short competition, each of 6 TCU MS or PhD finalists will have 3 minutes to explain his/her research in a language understandable to a non-specialist audience.  The competition will be judged by YOU, the audience!  Judges' and People's Choice Awards will be announced at noon.  This exciting event is free, but reservations are required. to make reservations or to learn more.



Saturday, October 10

Fast, slow, high, low: which musical features can increase our task productivity? 

Many people listen to music or watch TV while they work or study.  Does the music help them do better work?  Our previous studies showed that a significant number of individuals had stronger productivity on a simple mental task when listening to Cuban dance music than when working in silence.  What ingredients in the Cuban dance selection helped to stimulate the increased productivity? 

In this study, we will compare four different combinations of pitch and tempo in an attempt to determine what musical factors may influence productivity.  Participants will complete a simple mental task during four different musical conditions:  (1) high pitch, fast tempo; (2) high pitch, slow tempo; (3) low pitch, fast tempo; (4) low pitch, slow tempo.  Results will be compared between conditions, and each participant will be able to determine if the listening environment has affected his/her own task performance.


Fun Fact

The OMNI sound system has 50 speakers, driven by 8 amplifiers that produce over 24,000 watts of sound through 6 channels and a giant sub-bass stack to give the audience that “you are there” feeling.

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