Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
We are sorry, but NCBI web applications do not support your browser and may not function properly. More information
Work. 2012;42(4):573-8. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1410.

Background music: effects on attention performance.

Author information

  • 1Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Medicine, Fu Jen Catholic University, Xinzhuang City, Taiwan. 062161@mail.fju.edu.tw

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Previous studies indicate that noise may affect worker attention. However, some background music in the work environment can increase worker satisfaction and productivity. This study compared how music with, and without, lyrics affects human attention.

PARTICIPANTS:

One hundred and two participants, aged 20-24 years, were recruited into this study. Fifty-six males and 46 females participated in this study.

METHODS:

Background music with, and without lyrics, was tested for effects on listener concentration in attention testing using a randomized controlled trial (RCT) study.

RESULTS:

The comparison results revealed that background music with lyrics had significant negative effects on concentration and attention.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings suggest that, if background music is played in the work environment, music without lyrics is preferable because songs with lyrics are likely to reduce worker attention and performance.

PMID:
22523045
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for IOS Press
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk