Faculty Advisor

Bianchi, Frederick W.

Faculty Advisor

Gobert, Janice

Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the effects of instrumental music and music with words on reading comprehension. Eye-tracking data was used as one of the primary methods of data collection, in order to measure the number of eye fixations and reading/viewing times. It is expected that reading and viewing times will increase for the music with words condition due to the interference of words in the music with the words being read. No statistically significant differences were found, however the music with words group had a tendency to have longer reading/viewing times for the first two sections of the text/graphics, while the opposite was found for the final section, possibly suggesting that participants were able to adapt by screening out the words in the music.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Major

Psychological Science

Major

Humanities and Arts

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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