Surgeons work better when listening to rock music, study suggests

AC/DC are apparently prime listening in the operating room

A new study has found that surgeons are faster and more accurate when listening to rock music – particularly AC/DC.

Researchers at Heidelberg University investigated the effects of different music genres and volumes on surgeons during laparoscopic surgery, which is performed on the abdomen or pelvis using small incisions. They specifically focused on the effects of hard and soft rock, using AC/DC and The Beatles as examples.

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Surgeons worked at up to double the speed when listening to AC/DC and were 5 per cent more accurate, especially when the music was played at higher volumes. The soft rock of the Beatles also has positive effects, however this wasn’t the case when the music was louder. The study, which was published under the title Effect of genre and amplitude of music during laparoscopic surgery, concluded that music with high rhythmicity could provide a helpful tempo for surgical tasks.

In light of this, we’ve put together a playlist specifically for surgeons on the job. Check it out here:

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