Authors: Bella Kish, Chidera Eddie-Nkwoh, Elaine Ho, Kayla Aaron, and Sydney Gdanski

As college students, we have a vested interest in identifying the best study environment to enhance productivity and accuracy. Music is often used to alleviate stress and is played simultaneously while doing work. We wanted to determine if listening to music while working is beneficial or harmful. We conducted a study using the Stroop Effect test, which analyzes the participant’s ability to process an interfering attribute such as color and focus on the meaning of the stimulus word. We asked participants to self-report their scores after listening or not listening to music.

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