Surgeons Work Better When Listening To AC/DC According To A Study


An academic study has revealed that a surgeon’s speed and accuracy could be improved if they listen to AC/DC at a high volume while operating.

This study was carried out by a group of researchers at Heidelberg University in Germany. It was also published under the title, “Effect of Genre and amplitude of music during laparoscopic surgery”. 

They wanted to investigate the impact of listening to music in the operating theatre.

The experiment was to find out if choosing the right soundtrack to accompany surgical work had a positive effect on how surgeons performed in the theatre.

Music from the bands AC/DC and the Beatles was chosen for this experiment.

This procedure also involved narrow tubes which were placed into the abdomen. Narrow instruements were then inserted to carry out remedial or exploratory surgery.

Surgeons Listening To AC/DC Led To A “faster performing precision”

Publishing their findings, researchers explained that surgeons performed better when listening to the band AC/DC while operating.

“With soft rock in medium volume, participants were faster in peg transfer (60.3 vs. 56.7 s, P = 0.012) and more accurate in suture with intracorporeal knot (79.2 vs. 54.0, P = 0.011) compared to without music”, they said.

“The total score was improved (383.4 vs. 337.9, P = 0.0076) by enhancing accuracy (79.5 vs. 54.0, P = 0.011). This positive effect was lost if the soft rock was played in high volume”. 

The report also stated, “With hard rock in medium volume, participants were faster performing precision cutting (139.4 vs. 235.8, P = 0.0009) compared to without music. Both balloon preparation and precision cutting were performed more rapidly (227.3 vs. 181.4, P = 0.003, 139.4 vs. 114.0, P < 0.0001) and the accuracy was maintained. Hard rock in high volume also resulted in increased speed (366.7 vs. 295.5, P < 0.0001) compared to without music. Thereby, the total scores of participants were enhanced (516.5 vs. 437.1, P = 0.002)”. 

To summarise, surgeons who worked while listening to AC/DC in the background were faster and more precise.

While accuracy improved by 5%, the time taken to complete procedures also dropped by 41%.

The performance of surgeons who listened to the Beatles still improved, however this improvement only happened when the music was played at a low volume.

Does this mean that you will request some AC/DC to be played in the background if you go under the knife?

Perhaps you may ask for the Night Of The Long Knives to be played?