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Does Music Help You Study?

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❶So basically, the final decision about studying while listening to music is up to you — do you feel you concentrate better with Taylor Swift or Hozier singing in the background?

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For instance, openness to experience, extraversion, and emotional stability were the easiest to guess correctly. Here is also a break-down of how the different genres correspond to our personality, according to a study conducted at Heriot-Watt University:. Of course, generalizing based on this study is very hard. However looking at the science of introverts and extroverts , there is some clear overlap.

Another study done on teenagers and young adults focused on how their driving is affected by music. Of course, their own music was preferred, but it also proved to be more distracting: It seems that unfamiliar, or uninteresting, music is best for safe driving.

They also tested better on vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning skills, which involve understanding and analyzing visual information , such as identifying relationships, similarities and differences between shapes and patterns. Similar research shows this correlation for exercise and motor skills in the same way , which is also fascinating.

Stroke patients in one small study showed improved visual attention while listening to classical music. The study also tried white noise and silence to compare the results, and found that, like the driving study mentioned earlier, silence resulted in the worst scores. Because this study was so small, the conclusions need to be explored further for validation, but I find it really interesting how music and noise can affect our other senses and abilities—in this case, vision.

Another study focused on noise, rather than music, showed that when it comes to being distracted by the conversations of others, phone calls where we can only hear one side of the conversation are the worst offenders. In the study, participants completed word puzzles while one half of them overheard one side of a mundane phone conversation in the background.

So keep an eye out for the latest research in this fascinating and ever-evolving area. The answers we're all waiting for may be lurking just around the corner.

Education is the basis of personal growth and professional success. The ability to impart knowledge to others is one of the greatest gifts we have. By Emily Southey Oct 26, Listening to music is never a completely passive activity Sure, being at the receiving end of a song isn't nearly so demanding as solving a math equation or writing an essay, but your brain must still use energy to process all the sound signals entering your nervous system.

Listening to music can create interference Music not only uses up processing energy, but it can also create interference with other mental activities involved in studying. Music creates a context-dependent learning scenario Research has found that people are better at recalling information in environments resembling those in which they learned the information.

Emily Southey Education is the basis of personal growth and professional success. We work hard so that you can chill just a bit longer with our student tips and life hacks. This could imply that the effect of music can vary a lot from person to person , and they believe that more research needs to be done on how factors such as tempo, genre, or whether students are used to having music on, make any difference.

Furthermore, we should also note that these studies only looked at music with vocals, and not music that was purely instrumental. Research from the University of Dayton found that students performed better at spatial and linguistic processing if Mozart was playing in the background.

So should you listen to music while you study or do homework? I have for years had trouble studying or working with music. It is very distracting to me since I have synesthesia. I see music , but several teachers and other people have told me that I would study better with music in the background. It always seems to distract. Now I know that I am not the only one. Nice topic, I liked the way you started with questions that you sort of answered at the end. Good, informative sources as well. Do you prefer to study with music?

Or since you are a movie buff with a movie going on in the background? Hi Margaret, glad I could help! As for me, I do like having music on, but I prefer instrumental music when I study. As I mentioned in my post, movie scores work pretty well for me, usually. Another thing I think would be an interesting research topic would be looking at whether the language the vocal music is in will have an effect.

Unfortunately I have to save my movie watching for when my homework is done! Sheela, Too bad, for me it is the other way around. I can put on a good marathon and do lots of homework admittedly not as quickly as without tv. I would like to see more research into this as well.

Hi Sheela, In school I found I could study better without music. TV is a different story. I never work in front of a TV, but I can read on one end of the couch while my husband watches TV from the other. You all need to assess whether writing in first person adds anything to the post. I think that assessing whether writing in the first person adds to a post is very helpful advice. But given that there is still a trend toward more personal writing styles, and that blogs are by their nature personal, I wonder whether you could say more about how you would gauge whether to write in first person or not.

Funny but still rings true.

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Students frequently listen to music while studying to make the process less painful and, in some cases, because they believe music will help them learn. The effects of listening to music while studying are mixed, however, and depend upon the type of music you listen to as well as the degree to which it distracts you.

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Many students feel that listening to music while doing homework will help them work more efficiently. Unfortunately, music is a major distraction, especially music that contains lyrics. While doing homework and listening to music, not only is your brain trying to comprehend the words you're seeing, but also the words you're hearing.

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But music that’s too loud or with too much of an upbeat tempo can also be distracting, so having a playlist or specific artist you turn to for studying music can really help. If you’re the type of person who has more difficulty multitasking and is easily distracted, listening to music while studying may just cause your attention to drift to the music rather than . So should you listen to music while you study or do homework? Unfortunately, the answer I have to give you is “it depends!” It seems like in general, music with vocals is distracting, while instrumental music might actually help your performance.

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One expert, Alexander Pantelyat, an assistant professor of neurology and the co-founder and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, sounds off on music’s relationship to language—and whether background music can help you focus on . 8 thoughts on “ Listening to Music While Doing Homework/Studying Lead To Better Results? Stephen B Caruso October 23, at am. While studying, some people prefer to listen to music. Others need total silence, it just depends on who you are and what helps you study.