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Music’s Effect on the Brain and Studying

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Listening to music can have a profound effect on the brain when you are trying to remember information.

By Annie Roe

Students across the globe constantly struggle to focus while studying for a test. Their minds wander off to other places more enjoyable than the textbook sitting in front of them, or just don’t have a long enough attention span to be able to study to their full potential. There are many ways to get your mind to concentrate on the material that you to know for a test, such as snacking on healthy food, working for set periods of time with breaks, and a recent addition, listening to music.

Listening to music can have a great effect on your brain when you are trying to study. According to Stanford University of School of Medicine, “Music engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention…and helps the brain organize incoming information.” This research concluded that listening to music while studying can help you focus on the material you need to know, and efficiently keep the information stored longer in your brain for the upcoming test. Remi Kramer, a freshman at Viera High School, supported this conclusion by stating, “Music allows me to focus on my homework a lot longer, and keeps me from losing interest.”

Certain types of music can have different effects on the brain while someone is studying. According to Alexander Ogloza, a UC Davis student majoring in communications, listening to music without lyrics has the most profound effect on a person’s brain. “When you write, you trigger the left hemisphere of your brain. When you listen to music without lyrics, you stimulate the right hemisphere of the brain. Now both essentially are firing at the same time. When both hemispheres work simultaneously, they work better . Thus, non-lyrical music actually increases your ability to retain information.” said Ogloza. “Listening to music while working makes me less stressed,” says Bianca Buschor, a sophomore at Viera High School. “I get into a zone where I become super productive on what I’m working on.”

With different study habits comes different music tastes when listening to music while studying. The majority of interviews conducted revealed that listening to soothing, soft music is the most favored music to listen to when trying to focus on schoolwork. Remi Kramer voiced that she usually listens to “quiet acoustic songs” while studying; Bianca Buschor agreeing with Remi’s statement, listens to “quieter, mellow songs” while studying. According to both students, the slow tempo-ed music helps them stay concentrated on the material they need to retain.

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