The effect of Music on Learning in Virtual Environments - Initial Results

Eric Fassbender, Deborah Richards, William Forde Thompson, Ayse Bilgin, Alan J. Taylor

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In this paper we discuss the effect of music on learning in virtual-immersive environments. Auditory stimuli were presented within a specialized display system in which seventytwo undergraduate students watched a 3-D computer animated video. This video included narrated historical information and
background music. Background music was experimentally manipulated to create six versions of the video: No Music; original tempo/pitch; fast-tempo music; slow-tempo music; low-pitched music; and high-pitched music. After watching the video, participants were tested on the historical material presented, and answered a number of other questions about the video and background music. Data analyses revealed that people under the influence of one particular computer game soundtrack remembered information better than their peers at
statistically significant level. Also, those participants who were more immersed into the virtual environment performed significantly better. Further encouraging results are reported in this paper, however, follow-up experiments are needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Auditory Display
EditorsPatrick Susini, Olivier Warusfel
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherInstitut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event14th Annual International Conference on Auditory Display - Paris, France
Duration: 24 Jun 200827 Jun 2008
Conference number: 14th


Conference14th Annual International Conference on Auditory Display
Abbreviated titleICAD 2008
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