The effect of music on anaesthetists' psychomotor performance


C. R. E. Hawksworth , Senior Registrar and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University Department of Anaesthesia, Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT, UK


Music is frequently played in operating theatres, but may prove distracting to anaesthetists. We undertook a laboratory-based study of the effects of music on the psychomotor performance of 12 anaesthetic trainees. Using part of the computer-based PsychE psychomotor evaluation programme, we were unable to demonstrate any effect of self-chosen music, silence, white noise or classical music on their performance in these tests.