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Re: Making some noise on quieting
In a message dated 97-08-03 00:56:58 EDT, you write:
<< One of my professors at school allows us to listen to music (radio
>stations only with headphones) when we took our calc final. Those of
>us that did this got better grades.
There is definitely I bias in this kind of research.
I propose that some people are noise-addicted. Due to
continuing exposure from electronic audio sources since
early childhood, they are distressed and uncomfortable
with quiet. Noise-addicted people will perform better on
tests if they have music instead of quiet. But will they
perform better than a matched sample of non-noise
I propose the following experiment:
1. Select a sample of age-matched students who have
approximately equal performance histories in a specified
2. Devise an instrument which can discriminated between
noise-addicted and non-noise addicted (and hope that
there will be some non-noise addicted)
3. Select an exam to give to them
4. Sub-divide each group into two -- those who will hear
music during the exam and those who won't
5. Give the exam & compare scores among the four
-- Michael Wright
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