Want to win board games this Christmas? Say no to Rock ‘n Roll

Men should avoid listening to rock music if they want to stand a chance of winning at board games this Christmas, a study suggests.

The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, involved 352 members of the public with no formal surgical training removing three “organs” from the board game Operation, using fake tweezers.

They found that men concentrated the least when listening to rock music and the most when listening to classical music, while women took longer to remove the organs but made fewer mistakes.

The writers of the study, which was published in the Medical Journal of Australia‘s Christmas issue, said the data was “concerning” considering the rate of “listening to music in operating theatres, the popularity of rock music in these settings, and that men are reportedly more likely to listen to music than women.”

However, the document added that “despite the genuine tension and feelings of responsibility… generated by Operation,” the study could not be compared to a real surgical simulation experience.

Yep, normally no flashing red nose and beeping.