It is hard for older adults to recall names when music is playing, revealed researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology.
The researchers found that music might help some people relax when they're trying to concentrate but it doesn't help them remember what they're focusing on, especially as they get older. The performance of college-aged study participants did not seem to be affected by music. But, it was seen that the older adults remembered 10 percent fewer names when listening to background music or musical rain as compared to silence.
Researcher Audrey Duarte said, "Older adults have trouble ignoring irrelevant noises and concentrating, as associative memory also declines with age and as people get older, it's harder to remember what name went with a face or where a conversation took place."
The study findings could have implications for senior living centers and people who prefer to hold meetings away from the office.