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Background Music: Noise or Melody?

Poster Session II - Board: II-110
Friday, May 22, 2009, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Yerba Buena 7

Kelly E. Zawacki
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Mark E. Berg
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Human cognitive task performance can be hindered when distracters are present (Konecni, 1982). The current study investigates how music can be a negative distracter. In a vocal, instrumental, or a no music present task, results indicated significant differences in performance. The results contribute to the understanding of cognitive distracters.

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Festschrift for Donald Stein