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This study was designed to examine whether studying to music positively or negatively affects college students and their academic achievement. Participants included 112 college men and women, 18-24 years of age, who completed surveys that indicated one of the four scenario conditions which varied by character and roommates' preference for studying with music or in silence. After reading their assigned scenarios, participants evaluated the characters' academic motivation. They also answered items assessing their own locus of control, study habits, and academic anxiety. Results indicated that students perceived roommate conflicts over the need for quiet while studying were detrimental to study efforts. However, students' external locus of control, academic organizational skills, and self-awareness with respect to best learning style were positively impacted.