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To Listen or Not To Listen??? That is the Question!

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I was just thinking how I love to listen to music when I am reading and started wondering if anyone else does?





Should you listen to music while studying?


You’re cramming for an exam or finishing a paper that’s due tomorrow while listening to music.

It may be more pleasant to study with the Beatles or Cozy Danger keeping you company, and plenty has been written about how listening to music stimulates different parts of the brain. But if your favorite tunes wake up your senses and make homework less odious, do they also impede your ability to learn?

They can, according to Elizabeth Axford, an online instructor in the University of Phoenix College of Humanities and Sciences. “The jury is still out on a definitive answer,” she says. “Based on everything I’ve read, it really depends on the individual. Some students can study effectively with music playing, while others are distracted by any outside stimulus.”

According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, students who studied with music playing had lower average tests scores than those who didn’t. But the institute also found that the scores varied depending on whether the student routinely played music while studying and by the type of music played.

Another, more conclusive, study by the University of Wales focused on that last detail: the effect of different types of music on a student’s concentration. Students were asked to recall a series of sounds presented in a specific order in different environments, including absolute quiet, with music they liked playing in the background and with music they didn’t like.

Although the results showed no significant difference in the test scores of students who listened to music they liked and students who heard music they didn’t enjoy, those who studied in silence scored significantly higher than students in both other groups. But the study used only music with vocals for the comparison, something Axford says can make a difference.

“Many of my students have told me that they listen to classical music while they study,” Axford says, pointing to the so-called Mozart Effect, a set of research results that asserts listening to classical music provides short-term enhancement of mental tasks — including memorization — known as “spatial-temporal reasoning.”

A USA Today story last September reported that listening to music with lyrics is an especially bad idea when studying languages, because lyrics affect the same parts of the brain that comprehend language. “You think you’re focused on your Spanish lesson,” Axford says, “but your brain is also hearing — and is distracted by — the words to the song playing in the background.”

Because study results and student preferences vary widely, Axford recommends that you take a “trial-and-error approach” to determine the best studying environment for you. “If you’re someone who excels at multitasking and does better with homework while there’s a music file playing,” she notes, “then by all means, continue. Otherwise, seek a quiet place with no distraction when you’re studying.”


Do YOU let your kids lusten to music while studying?

  

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by on Feb. 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM
Replies (21-30):
jen2150
by Silver Member on Feb. 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM
It is the only thing my oldest will listen to. His favorite is mozart. I never liked classical when I was young but I love it now. It is so calming. After being a parent I think calm music helps me find my center. LOL

Quoting kirbymom: That's great! I don't know too many k8ds that would liaten to classical music. Mine won't. Not even hubby. Bleh. lol





Quoting irvinehiker: My DS loves to have classical music on while doing lessons.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM
Does it matter which type of rock? Or does it matter?


Quoting redhead-bedhead: I have ADD and I have found that loud rock music helps me focus.
jjchick75
by Member on Feb. 22, 2014 at 3:09 PM
I heard or read somewhere that listening to music you like while studying helps you remember more information. Yes I listen to music when reading, depends on my mood as to what.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 22, 2014 at 3:11 PM
I like Mozart too. And you are right too, it IS calming. And calm is a good place to be as a parent. :)



Quoting jen2150: It is the only thing my oldest will listen to. His favorite is mozart. I never liked classical when I was young but I love it now. It is so calming. After being a parent I think calm music helps me find my center. LOL

Quoting kirbymom: That's great! I don't know too many k8ds that would liaten to classical music. Mine won't. Not even hubby. Bleh. lol


Quoting irvinehiker: My DS loves to have classical music on while doing lessons.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 22, 2014 at 3:18 PM
I have heard that too and so I thought this article was interesting and wanted some opinions.
So you listen to different music with different moods?. I do the same thing. Mind if I ask what some of your interests are?


Quoting jjchick75: I heard or read somewhere that listening to music you like while studying helps you remember more information. Yes I listen to music when reading, depends on my mood as to what.
usmom3
by BJ on Feb. 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM
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 Because if it has lyrics I want to sing along & I can not sing & read at the same time!

Quoting kirbymom: Out of curiosity, why only instrumental?


Quoting usmom3:

 If I do it is instrumental only!

 

SarahinWA
by Member on Feb. 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM
When I was in HS, I wanted music on when I did my school work but my mom thought it would be a bad idea. So we held an experiment - days with and without music while studying. My grades were better WITH the music.
redhead-bedhead
by Bronze Member on Feb. 22, 2014 at 9:52 PM
I listen to classic rock. I need something loud with a lot of drums.

Quoting kirbymom: Does it matter which type of rock? Or does it matter?





Quoting redhead-bedhead: I have ADD and I have found that loud rock music helps me focus.
KickButtMama
by Shannon on Feb. 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM

For me it really depends on the topic. If it's complex - like advanced math - then I don't like too many distractions. So I'd opt for the tv over the music. But if it's relaxed, even reading just for enjoyment, then it don't mind music. But I'm one who really gets into my music, even more than tv, so it's more distracting than tv to me.

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Feb. 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM
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Yay I'm not the only one! Lol. I close my eyes and daydream for Broadway or love songs, I sing loud for pop or rock...so I too find it distracting! Though for me, a really moving piece of orchestral music can be equally distracting. I just love music I guess...lol..

Quoting usmom3:

 Because if it has lyrics I want to sing along & I can not sing & read at the same time!

Quoting kirbymom: Out of curiosity, why only instrumental?


Quoting usmom3:

 If I do it is instrumental only!

 


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