Research from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston appears to demonstrate that surgeons perform better when there’s music playing in the background – provided it’s music they like.
Fifteen plastic surgeons were asked to close incisions on pigs’ feet on two successive days. When their preferred music was playing, the stitches were better and done significantly faster.
Reports on the study, however, do not indicate which genre of music works best.
UPDATE: Nurses disagree, here.
We know a former cardiac surgeon who only ever cracked open chests while Mozart’s D minor piano concerto (K466) was playing. And always the same interpretation.
Any further examples?
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