Category: Adult Diagnostic (AD)
The goal of this study was to investigate the differential effects of music training and working memory when listening in adverse situations. Forty-nine young musicians and non-musicians were assigned to groups of high and low working memory based on performance on the backward digit span test. Results showed that music training did not provide a benefit on speech perception in noise. Listeners with high working memory, however, had significantly better speech perception in noise, regardless of their prior music training.