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. • 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?
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
Participants: 20 11 males, 9 females 55% listen to music while studying 65% find music distracting while they study Results