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Musical Memory?. Angela Castellanos Music 151. Problem. How much (or how little) attention do we pay to “background” music? . Hypothesis. Music played during a distracted study session will at least be familiar to most participants upon testing.

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Musical memory

Musical Memory?

Angela Castellanos

Music 151


Problem
Problem

How much (or how little) attention do we pay to “background” music?


Hypothesis
Hypothesis

  • Music played during a distracted study session will at least be familiar to most participants upon testing.

  • Participants are more likely to recognize or be familiar with Mozart than his contemporaries.


20/30

15/24

25/30

40/54

2/7

Demo

Which of the following fractions is equal to 5/6?


Experiment design

Listen to 8 minutes of 8 different song excerpts from Mozart and Contemporaries while completing math problems

Answer survey questions/ more distraction

Listen to excerpts of 16 different songs, 8 from the study session, 8 from the same genre but novel

Rate the songs as 1) recognized 2)familiar 3) did not hear before

Experiment Design


Results

Participants: 20 and Contemporaries while completing math problems

11 males, 9 females

55% listen to music while studying

65% find music distracting while they study

Results


Results1
Results and Contemporaries while completing math problems


Results2
Results and Contemporaries while completing math problems


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