Music experience influences laparoscopic skills performance

Tanner Boyd, Kent Van Sickle, Wayne Schwesinger, Joel Michalek, Inkyung Jung, Juliane Bingener

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Background: Music education affects the mathematical and visuo-spatial skills of school-age children. Visuo-spatial abilities have a significant effect on laparoscopic suturing performance. We hypothesize that prior music experience influences the performance of laparoscopic suturing tasks. Methods: Thirty novices observed a laparoscopic suturing task video. Each performed 3 timed suturing task trials. Demographics were recorded. A repeated measures linear mixed model was used to examine the effects of prior music experience on suturing task time. Results: Twelve women and 18 men completed the tasks. When adjusted for video game experience, participants who currently played an instrument performed significantly faster than those who did not (P-0.001). The model showed a significant sex by instrument interaction. Men who had never played an instrument or were currently playing an instrument performed better than women in the same group (P-0.002 and P-0.001). There was no sex difference in the performance of participants who had played an instrument in the past (P-0.29). Conclusion: This study attempted to investigate the effect of music experience on the laparoscopic suturing abilities of surgical novices. The visuo-spatial abilities used in laparoscopic suturing may be enhanced in those involved in playing an instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-298
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


  • Laparoscopy
  • Music
  • Osats
  • Skills training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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