Women's concentration 'less disrupted by music'

Women are less likely to have their concentration disrupted by listening to music, says a study examining whether music impairs or enhances the ability to focus on a task.

Rock music was found to be particularly distracting for men.

The study, from Imperial College and the Royal College of Music, played music into headphones while people tried to play the Operation board game.

The research teams have been examining how music can alter performance.

Families might have arguments about whether teenagers should be listening to music when studying.

But there are also professional settings where music is sometimes played in the background - including operating theatres.

Board players

This study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, used a different type of operation - the board game where players have to try to extract a piece with tweezers without setting off a buzzer.

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