Rock music ‘can make men lose at board games’
Men should avoid listening to rock music if they want to stand a chance of winning at board games this Christmas, a study suggests.
Men became more distracted and made more mistakes when forced to listen to AC/DC than when they listened to classical music, a report by London’s Imperial College and the Royal College of Music found.
Having music on had no effect on women and they performed better than men at the Operation board game involved in the study.
It is thought that rock music may cause more auditory stress in men than women, which affects their concentration.
Dr Daisy Fancourt, lead author of the research, said: “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.”
The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, asked 352 visitors to the Imperial Festival to play Operation, which tests hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills of players who use tweezers try to heal a “patient”.
It found that men who listened to AC/DC were slower and made more mistakes compared with those who listened to Mozart or the sound of an operating theatre.