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ERIC Number: ED107213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 28
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An Investigation Into the Effects of Background Music in a Dramatic Television Presentation on University Students' Perception and Retention of Cognitive Content.
Rink, Otho P.
To investigate the effects of background music on perception and retention of a dramatic television presentation's cognitive content, 107 English literature students were randomly assigned to one of five background treatments for a play. Four of the videotaped presentations included background music; Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6; Japanese jazz; American banjo-guitar folk music; and Bach's Unaccompanied Suite for Viola. The fifth treatment had no music. Students were given a 25-item multiple-choice test covering factual and interpretive information about the play. A comparison of scores showed no significant difference for the four treatments and the no-treatment modality. The finding contrasts with earlier findings, described in an extensive literature search. (SK)
Publication Type: Books
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