The Effect of Background Music on Cognitive Performance in Musicians and Nonmusicians

  title={The Effect of Background Music on Cognitive Performance in Musicians and Nonmusicians},
  author={Lucy L. M. Patston and L. Tippett},
  journal={Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal},
  • Lucy L. M. Patston, L. Tippett
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology
  • Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal
  • there is debate about the extent of overlap between music and language processing in the brain and whether these processes are functionally independent in expert musicians. A language comprehension task and a visuospatial search task were administered to 36 expert musicians and 36 matched nonmusicians in conditions of silence and piano music played correctly and incorrectly. Musicians performed more poorly on the language comprehension task in the presence of background music compared to… CONTINUE READING

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