2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Effects of Auditory Distraction on Fine Motor Skill Performance
Seth C. Donaldson*, Camden L. Stockton, Kyle Veazey, and Taylor L. Elwell
Dr. Christopher D. Lantz, Faculty Mentor

Fine motor skills appear at risk for substantial impairment from different types of auditory interference, especially in a college student population. This study examined the effect of semantic interference, tonal interference, and silence on fine motor skill performance. A group of twenty-five college students at Truman State University (10 males, 15 females, mean age 19.74 .764) completed the task of inserting a stylus into a series of holes that decrease in diameter. One of the three auditory distractions was randomly selected to be played during the completion of the task. Results revealed no significant difference in percent penalty in regards to the type of auditory distraction [F(2,24)=.464, P=.635]. Fine motor skill performance was found by this study to be unaffected by different types of auditory distraction.

Keywords: Auditory Distraction, Motor Skill

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 35-5
Location: VH 1000
Time: 2:15

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