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Comment Perception and Testing Procedures (Score 1) 277

Music in particular is very dependent on set and setting. Listening to the same piece of music at night in bed with your eye's closed is very different from the same track in the car on the commute to work. This is of course no function of the music itself, but because your mental state and it's resulting perceptions are different in each situation.

Following the same idea, the testing scenario itself can create a less than ideal context for listening. It is a test; an often more stressful and heightened situation. People want to do well. They also are forced to use other parts of their brain for things like interacting with the testing interface itself. They're maybe in front of a computer screen, or in an unfamiliar place with acoustics that their mind has not grown accustom to. This is not the kind of environment that allows for improved audio perception.

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