S. E. Ransdell's research while affiliated with Florida Atlantic University and other places

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College students often listen to music while they use a computer. This experiment investigated whether background music disrupts their ability to word process fluently and effectively. Forty-five psychology undergraduates wrote brief expository essays. Background music significantly disrupted writing fluency (words generated per minute controlling...

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... The attentional subsystems were assessed using the ANT before (time one) and after (time two) participants listened to happy music (major mode, fast tempo), sad music (minor mode, slow tempo), or no music (i.e., silence) for 10 min. Participants listened to music prior to completing the task as the irrelevant sound effect consistently demonstrates that listening to background music impairs task performance (Ransdell and Gilroy, 2001;Cassidy and MacDonald, 2007;Rowe et al., 2007;Jiang et al., 2011;Rey, 2012;Gonzalez and Aiello, 2019;Cloutier et al., 2020). We hypothesized that listening to happy music, but not sad or no music, would increase alerting and executive control from time one to time two. ...