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September 7,14; October 5, 12

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Can listening to music impact your writing?

Do you listen to music while you work or study? If so, you may wonder if it helps you do better work. Some researchers argue that music helps a person ignore distractions around him or that the “digital generation” requires more media to stay focused. Other scientists claim that music is a distraction that lowers the quality of work.

 This study will examine whether listening to music while writing requires extra “brain power” and if the results are related to how much the writer enjoys the music. Participants will complete a survey about their music preferences. Then they will participate in a short writing activity with each of three different types of music: no music, music of student’s choice, and predetermined music (i.e., classical piano music with no lyrics).

 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.

This study is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and John Romig (john.romig@uta.edu), Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Does your listening environment impact your task performance?

Many people listen to music or watch TV while they work or study.  Does the music help them do better work?  Some researchers argue that auditory input helps a person ignore distractions around him or that the “digital generation” requires multiple stimuli to stay focused.  Other scientists claim that music is a distraction that lowers the quality of work.

The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of the listening environment during a mental task.  Participants will complete a mental task during four different auditory conditions:  silence, white noise, and two different musical selections.  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.

This study is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Dr. Lin Lin, Associate Professor at the University of North Texas.  

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