Go Ashton Clinger! She seems like a girl after my own heart. Click through and read the article as not only is it an interesting read but her results seem to match up with the much larger data generated by Dr. Haake when she studied the effects of music in the work place. Bottom line - it seems that if you like the music you're listening to - or at least have control over it - then it does aid performance - make people to listen to music they don't like or normally listen to - and that's when it becomes a distraction.

Cascade sophomore takes her analysis of the effects of music on studying to ...Great Falls Tribune"Classical music won't be on the radios of any high schoolers' trucks," she said.
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