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Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 2009 Jan;59(1):31-7. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-986318. Epub 2008 Feb 1.

[Does music influence visual perception in campimetric measurements of the visual field?].

[Article in German]

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Institut für Medizinische Psychologie, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg.


21 subjects (mean age 28,4 +/- 10,9, M +/- SD) without any damage of the visual system were examined with computer-based campimetric tests of near threshold stimulus detection whereby an artificial tunnel vision was induced. Campimetry was performed in four trials in randomized order using a within-subjects-design: 1. classical music, 2. Techno music, 3. music for relaxation and 4. no music. Results were slightly better in all music conditions. Performance was best when subjects were listening to Techno music. The average increase of correctly recognized stimuli and fixation controls amounted to 3 %. To check the stability of the effects 9 subjects were tested three times. A moderating influence of personality traits and habits of listening to music was tested but could not be found. We conclude that music has at least no negative influence on performance in the campimetric measurement. Reasons for the positive effects of music can be seen in a general increase of vigilance and a modulation of perceptual thresholds.

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