Music and driving game performance

  • North A
  • Hargreaves D
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Abstract

This study investigated the effects of the nature of music and a concurrent task on measures of task performance and musical preference. Subjects completed 5 laps of a computer motor racing game whilst listening to either arousing or relatively unarousing music in either the presence or absence of a backward-counting task. Both these manipulations affected performance on the game with arousing music and backward-counting leading to slower lap times than relatively unarousing music and the absence of the backward-counting task. Backward-counting led to lower liking for the music than did the absence of this task. These results support the idea that music and the concurrent task competed for a limited processing resource. The results also indicated that liking for the music was positively related to task performance, and in conjunction these findings seem to suggest a direct link between music and the listening context.

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  • 1982
  • adrian c
  • arousal
  • criticised research on the
  • department of psychology
  • driver behavior
  • hargrea 6 es
  • id j
  • konecni
  • leicester
  • leicester le 1 7
  • music
  • music research group
  • north and da 6
  • performance
  • psychology of
  • rh
  • uni 6 ersity of
  • uni 6 ersity road
  • united kingdom

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  • Adrian C. North

  • David J. Hargreaves

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