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This study examined if listening to preferred music while doing a cognitive task was good or bad for young and older adults. While older adults performed worse than the young adults on the cognitive task, listening to preferred music did not affect performance in either group.

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Why is it important?

People listen to music all of the time. It is important to understand how music can help. Often doing more than one thing at a time can cause more problems with cognitive tasks, especially in older adults. This study shows that listening to music while doing a cognitive task does not hinder performance. So listening to music does not interfere with some cognitive activities.

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This page is a summary of: Preferred music listening does not affect cognitive inhibition in young and older adults., Psychomusicology Music Mind and Brain, October 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/pmu0000300.
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