About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Music Distracts the Mind, Says Study

by Kathy Jones on July 31, 2010 at 11:08 PM
Font : A-A+

 Music Distracts the Mind, Says Study

A study by the University of Wales researchers has found that listening to music distracts the mind from the task at hand.

Lead researcher Nick Perham, PhD, and colleagues at the Wales Institute in Cardiff assessed concentration capabilities in 25 people aged 18 to 30 when they listened to music.


In a test known as serial recall, these people were asked to recall a list of eight consonants in a specific order. The test was performed when participants listed to music, were in a quiet environment or heard the number 3 over and over again.

It was found that the best results were obtained when there was quiet or when the number three was repeated. "The poorer performance of the music and changing-state sounds are due to the acoustical variation within those environments," Perham said in a news release. "This impairs the ability to recall the order of items, via rehearsal, within the presented list."

The study details are published in the September issue of the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Source: Medindia


Recommended Reading

Latest Lifestyle News

Mind-Body Connection: Benefits of Dual-Task Walking Performance!
Walking is a complex activity that can be impacted by multitasking, highlighting the importance of maintaining physical and cognitive health as we age.
Sleep Your Way to Success: Power of Pre-Exam Rest!
Coping with academic stress is key to academic and career success, but what strategies can help students excel during periods of acute stress remains to be answered.
Transitioning Your Hair Care Routine by Mythbusting
Debunk hair myths for healthier hair during the seasonal transition, like avoiding daily washes and using oil for dandruff.
Battle of the Skincare Regime: Salicylic Acid Vs. Glycolic Acid
With an abundance of effective skincare ingredients available, products that restore skin balance are crucial to address many dermatological issues.
 Know About This Summer Friendly Skin Care Routine
To protect our skin from any more breakouts and damage, here is a guide to a skincare routine that will protect the skin throughout this summer.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Music Distracts the Mind, Says Study Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests