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The effects of music with and without words on knowledge acquisition from text and simulations: an eye-tracking study Public

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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.

  • This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
  • E-project-042811-153932
  • 2011
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  • 2011-04-28
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