It seems clear that the type of noise, or music, is important. This may seem obvious: While the nature and style of the music can cause specific responses in the brain funky music compels you to dance, sad music makes you melancholy , motivational music makes you want to keep fit , some studies suggest that it really is down to personal preference.
Given the extreme variation in musical preferences from person to person, exposing your workforce or classroom to a single type of music would obviously end up with mixed results. Music also has a big impact on mood — truly bleak music could sap your enthusiasm for your task.
Something else to look out for is music with catchy lyrics. Musical pieces without wordsmight be better working companions, as human speech and vocalisation is something our brains pay particular attention to. Some people argue that one of the best music genres for concentration is the video game soundtrack.
This makes sense, when you consider the purpose of the video game music: Limitations in the technology used for early games consoles meant the music also tended to be fairly simplistic in its melodies — think Tetris or Mario.
In a somewhat Darwinian way, the music in video games has been refined over decades to be pleasant, entertaining, but not distracting. The composers have probably unintentionally been manipulating the attention systems in the brains of players for years now. There are signs that, as technology progresses, this type of theme music is being abandoned, with games producers opting for anything from big orchestral pieces to hip-hop. The Mozart Effect is book by Don Campbell that has the world's research on all the beneficial effects of certain type of music.
This book includes research on how music makes us smarter. Scientists at Stanford University in California have recently revealed a molecular basis for the Mozart Effect, but not other music. Rauscher and her colleague H. Li, a geneticist, have discovered that rats, like humans, perform better on learning and memory tests after listening to a specific Mozart sonata. Students who either sang or played a musical instrument scored an average of 51 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and an average of 39 points higher on math.
According to the research outlined in the book, musical pieces such as those of Mozart can relieve stress, improve communication and increase efficiency. Music starts up our brain and makes us feel more energetic and a link has been made between music and learning. Music also stimulates different regions of the brain responsible for memory, motor control, timing and language. At McGill University in Montreal , neuroscientist Anne Blood, said, "You can activate different parts of the brain, depending on what music you listen to.
I asked some Weedsport students if they listen to music while they do homework, what type they tend to listen to while doing the homework, if it helps them focus more on what they are working on, why it helps keep their focus on the assignment, and if they would recommend listening to music to students who struggle with homework.
I first asked Kaitlyn Jewell whether or not if she listened to music while she did homework. Kaitlyn strongly recommends students to listen to music while doing homework because she says that it will help relieve stress and usually the music helps put a teenager in a better state of mind while they are working on homework assignments. The next student I interviewed was Kevin Crossman.
The first question I asked him was If he listened to music while doing homework and what type he listened to. He told me that he constantly listens to music while doing homework assignments. He told me that he mostly listens to alternative music when he does homework. The next question I asked was, does it help you to focus on your homework assignments when you listen to music and why?
Kevin told me that it helps him focus a lot because he is able to block out all the noises around him and that it helps to think better on what he is working on.
Music is a powerful art form that can bring up emotions, inspire motivation and alter your mood. 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.
However, the more realistic scenario is that students will study or do homework while playing “background music.” A recent study at the University of Wales looked at how background music affects students’ ability to complete a serial recall (remembering items in a specific order) test.
Playing slow or sad music probably wouldn't have the same impact as playing something fast, upbeat, or motivational. I know that in some cases playing music with a lot of energy helps me really get work done, but sometimes I'll get too wrapped up in the music and I'll end up focusing less on work than if I hadn't played it to begin with. Additionally, music can relax people to the point where their attention is % focused on what they are studying. The music just creates this calm throughout their body and enables them to concentrate extremely hard on what they are doing.
Kaitlyn strongly recommends students to listen to music while doing homework because she says that it will help relieve stress and usually the music helps put a teenager in a better state of mind while they are working on homework assignments. Introduction In recent years it’s become noticeable that students are using all different forms of music to help them while studying or doing homework. When listening to music one may notice how that person may tap their foot or drum their fingers, even though they appear to be focused on the task in front of them.