If you’re a gentleman of the not-female persuasion, and you want to crush all comers at Monopoly, Risk, chess, Scrabble or just about any board game, for that matter — particularly if your opponent(s) is/are female — you might want to lower the volume on the AC/DC while you’re doing tabletop battle, because rock music significantly reduces your chances of winning. This according to boffins at London’s Imperial College and the Royal College Of Music.
During testing, men became more distracted and made more mistakes when they were listening to AC/DC as opposed to when they were listening to classical tunes, while music had no effect at all on women; they performed better than men on the Operation board game which was used in the study.
The theory is that rock music might cause more auditory stress (whatever that is) in men than in women, causing them to come over all … uh … um … hard of thinking. Yeah, that’s it. Hard of — uh — thinking.
The lead author of the research project, Dr. Daisy Fancourt, says, “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 was published in the Medical Journal of Australia, and asked about 350 visitors to the Imperial Festival to have wee go at Operation. The game tests hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills (or the lack thereof) as players attempt to root around inside a patient’s body using tweezers while hopefully not hastening his demise.
Note to self: Next time I’m on the slab in the operating theater and I hear the surgeon playing Led Zeppelin, I should run away.