Psychology Faculty Presentations

Title

The Effect of Familiarity with Background Music on College Students’ Performance of Reading Comprehension Tests

Document Type

Poster Session

Conference/Event

26th Annual Convention of the Association of Psychological Science

Location

San Francisco, CA

Event Date

5-24-2014

Keywords

Memory, music, musical genres, psychology, cognition

Abstract

The current study examined 85 university students’ performance in a reading comprehension task under three conditions: silence, familiar, or unfamiliar music. The results indicated that the students in the familiar music condition performed significantly worse than those in the silent conditions, as well as those in the unfamiliar music condition.

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