THE MITIGATING EFFECTS OF MUSIC LISTENING ON THE SUBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE OF BOREDOM
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The purpose of this study was to determine if listening to music while performing a task designed to elicit boredom would decrease the subjective experience of boredom as measured by self-report on the Multidimensional State Boredom Scale (MSBS). Participants completed a computerized version of a repetitive-motor kinesthetic peg-turning task. We hypothesized that participants listening to Researcher-Selected Music would report less boredom than those performing the task in silence, and that participants listening to Self-Selected Music would report the least boredom. Participants were 26 university students who completed the peg-turning task, the MSBS, and the Boredom Proneness Scale. Participants who listened to either music condition reported marginally less boredom than control (p = .073); there was no difference between music conditions. This research indicated that while listening to either music condition while completing the peg-turning task was better than silence, which music condition was irrelevant. We discussed results, limitations, and indications for future research.