Follow-up interviews

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Haake, A. B. (2010). Music listening in offices: Balancing internal needs and external considerations (Doctoral thesis, University of Sheffield, Sheffield) accessed from www.musicatwork.net

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In order to find out more about the effects of music during the field experiment, follow- up interviews were designed and carried out four months later with 11 participants.

The interview schedules were semi-structured and designed with two main objectives in mind: 1) to increase insight into the difference between pre-experiment measures and experiment measures by exploring other influencing factors, 2) to obtain more detailed insight into the effect of music and individual differences.

Results

Three main categories of response emerged: 1) positive experiences, 2) negative experiences, 3) views on music’s perceived compatibility with working.

Different factors were mentioned that could influence whether music listening during the experiment was distracting or concentration- enhancing:

  • Musical structure
  • Lyrics
  • Musical training
  • Environmental associations
  • Previous listening habits
  • Work related interruptions
  • Task complexity
  • Sense of control


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