Do you ever feel like you’re forgetting something? Perhaps it’s slipping your memory.
Our study, Specialized Auditory Learning (nicknamed SPAUL), investigates music’s impact on short-term memory. SPAUL invited over 30 SHC students and faculty to a game of Concentration, where players match arrays of playing cards together. Half of the experimentees listened to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and the other half sat in silence. Additionally, we timed and retrialed participants during each game to quantify which group completed the game more quickly.
Although the study originally intended to research music’s impact on dementia patients, IRB certification and time constraints shifted our focus to the SHC population. However, we still hope to pursue this dementia-focus project in the future.
Overall, SPAUL hopes to convince the SHC community to try alternative studying and work methods to improve work efficiency, information retention, and mood.