The Effect of Familiarity with Background Music on College Students’ Performance of Reading Comprehension Tests
26th Annual Convention of the Association of Psychological Science
San Francisco, CA
Memory, music, musical genres, psychology, cognition
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.
Johnson, Heidi J.; Wu, Di; Holdredge, Benjamin B.; and McKinley, William T., "The Effect of Familiarity with Background Music on College Students’ Performance of Reading Comprehension Tests" (2014). Psychology Faculty Presentations. 273.