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Listening to classical music can (slightly) improve stereo-acuity in normal observers

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Emma E. Griffths,

Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Medical School, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, GB
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David Buckley

Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Medical School, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF, GB
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Abstract

Aims: To test for improvements in stereo-acuity, relative to pre-test measurements, after listening to pieces of classical music and whether any stereo-­acuity improvement tended to be found following enjoyable stimuli.

Methods: In a double-masked repeated measures study 15 participants with normal vision had their stereo-acuity measured to threshold using the Frisby stereo-test on five occasions: prior to exposure to the test stimuli, and then on four subsequent occasions each time after listening to a particular stimulus for 10 minutes. Participants also rated their enjoyment of each stimulus.

Results: After listening to each of the musical stimuli stereo-acuity was improved significantly when com­pared with the pre-test level, but listening to the control white noise stimulus produced no significant improvement in stereo-acuity. There was no signifi­cant difference between any of the musical pieces in cither their effect on stereo-acuity or enjoyment rating. The white noise stimulus was found to be significantly less enjoyable than any of the musical pieces. This suggested that the effect of the music was possibly due to a change in participants’ mood.

Conclusion: Our findings for stereo-acuity are con­sistent with previous studies that have shown that listening to classical music can improve performance in spatial tasks.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22599/bioj.197
How to Cite: Griffths, E.E. and Buckley, D., 2006. Listening to classical music can (slightly) improve stereo-acuity in normal observers. British and Irish Orthoptic Journal, 3, pp.21–26. DOI: http://doi.org/10.22599/bioj.197
Published on 01 Jan 2006.
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