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ERIC Number: EJ914247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7356
Musical Distracters, Personality Type and Cognitive Performance in School Children
Furnham, Adrian; Stephenson, Rebecca
Psychology of Music, v35 n3 p403-420 Jul 2007
The aim of this study was to ascertain the nature of the interaction between the affective value of musical distraction, personality type and performance on the cognitive tasks of reading comprehension, free recall, mental arithmetic and verbal reasoning in children aged 11-12 years. It was hypothesized that the cognitive performance of extraverts would be significantly poorer when in the presence of background music that has a negatively affective value than when in the presence of background music that has a positively affective value. It was predicted that the converse of this would be true of introverts and neurotic personality types. Although few significant results were found in support of the central hypothesis, several results supported theoretical assumptions and showed clear trends that warrant further investigation. Limitations of this study and both experimental and interpretational problems in this area are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: NEO Five Factor Inventory