To “Play That Funky Music” or Not: How Music Affects the Environmental Self-Regulation of High-Ability Academic Writers

  • Sara Calicchia Utah State University


Successful writing, achieved by self-regulated writers, depends not only upon focus and content, but also the writing environment, including the physical and social setting, which varies greatly among writers. Just as musical tastes differ among individuals, there are strong preferences regarding the role of music in a writing setting. To better understand the environmental self-regulation of writers, I selected a group of twelve high-achieving writers with a range of musical interests, including nine professors and three undergraduate students across three academic fields. The results suggest that musical background impacts a writer’s preferred setting, and academic writers should strongly consider this impact when establishing a successful writing environment.

Author Biography

Sara Calicchia, Utah State University

Sara Calicchia will graduate from Utah State University in May 2015 with a BS in Biotechnology and minors in Biology, Business, and Chemistry. She currently works in an animal reproduction and development laboratory and is a national qualifier on the USU English Equestrian Team. Sara plans to pursue a PhD or a DVM upon graduation.