“Men should avoid rock music if they want to stand a chance at winning board games this festive season,” according to a study by London’s Imperial College and the Royal College of Music published in the Medical Journal Of Australia. 352 visitors at a college science festival were invited to play the game Operation, (you remember this from your childhood, you were asked to remove body parts from a pretend patient). The nose flashes and the buzzes if your tweezers touch the metal sides of the body, and it happened MOST while AC/DC was playing for the male players!
Men who listened to AC/DC while playing the game were slower, less focused, and made more mistakes, compared to those who listened to Mozart or the sound of an operating theatre…
Note for the ladies (heh heh heh):
“Having music on had no effect on women and they generally performed better than men at the Operation board game involved in the study. It’s thought that rock music may cause more auditory stress in men than women, which affects their focus.”
Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt reports: “Although this study was all performed in our spare time, it is part of our wider research into the effect of music on performance – particularly in a medical setting such as an operating theatre…One of our areas of research is how we can boost performance in many different settings – from rowing in the Olympics to a musical performance. This study suggests that for men who are operating or playing a board game, rock music may be a bad idea.”
AC/DC’s old drummer Phil Rudd adds: “Now I know why I always lose at Scrabble.” Read more here.