The cognitive effects of listening to background music on older adults: processing speed improves with upbeat music, while memory seems to benefit from both upbeat and downbeat music

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Bottiroli, Sara; Rosi, Alessia; Russo, Riccardo; Vecchi, Tomaso; Cavallini, Elena;
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
  • Journal: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience,volume 6 (issn: 1663-4365, eissn: 1663-4365)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC4197792, doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00284
  • Subject: episodic memory | mood | Neuroscience | background music | Original Research Article | aging | semantic memory | arousal | processing speed
    mesheuropmc: humanities | human activities | behavioral disciplines and activities

Background music refers to any music played while the listener is performing another activity. Most studies on this effect have been conducted on young adults, while little attention has been paid to the presence of this effect in older adults. Hence, this study aimed t... View more
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