This study is a quantitative study that observed the effects that music had on the reading comprehension scores of undergraduate students. Most of the previous research and studies have shown that music has a significant effect on scores and one’s memory, while others have shown the opposite. To observe the effect music has, two passages were taken from a practice SAT test and administered to 34 undergraduate males and females, whom were randomly assigned to one of two conditions: music condition (A) and non music condition (B). The music was chosen from the 2019 Hot 100 Billboard list and was played on shuffle for twenty-five minutes. A t-test was performed to measure the effect that music had on the reading comprehension scores and memory of the participants. Results did not show a significant difference in scores obtained between the two conditions. The results of this study are important when forming useful study habits and may be especially useful for educators when trying to aid their students in a successful way of learning and studying.
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Farr, A., & McLaughlin, E. (2019) Music and memory: the effects of music on reading comprehension. Kutztown Research Commons.