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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
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mem82
by Platinum Member on Feb. 23, 2014 at 5:05 AM
I do this,too!

Quoting Dawn07: Dh will the radio down when driving in unfamiliar areas too.



Quoting hwblyf:

Oddly, I'll listen to music when it's studying, but not when I'm reading a story.  How bizarre.  I wonder what that says about me?  I will turn it off/down if I need to really work on something.  Also if there's something in the car I need to pay attention to (an odd smell, unfamiliar territory, etc.).

kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM
I love classic rock. Do you have a favorite?


Quoting redhead-bedhead: 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.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 23, 2014 at 10:29 AM
I like to listen to music as background but I also like the tv as background as well for studying. Although, if I am trying to learn or teach advanced math, there is no noise whatsoever. Just complete quiet. Even the kids get to be quiet.


Quoting KickButtMama:

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.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Wow. So then, did you continue to listen to music while studying?


Quoting SarahinWA: 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.
SarahNElijah
by Member on Feb. 23, 2014 at 10:46 AM
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For us, it depends on what we are studying.. I find it very hard and irritating to have any background noise when reading, but my son seems to be able to focus better when writing if there is music on.. He seems to do better if it is music he knows though.. I think perhaps because then his brain doesn't need to focus on it quite as much.

I really think it depends on the individual.. DH drives me a little crazy with the noise level because he will have 2 different radios and the TV on all at once.. He likes background noise, in fact when I can't wake him up, all I need to do is turn off the TV.. LOL!
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kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM
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Quoting SarahNElijah: For us, it depends on what we are studying.. I find it very hard and irritating to have any background noise when reading, but my son seems to be able to focus better when writing if there is music on.. He seems to do better if it is music he knows though.. I think perhaps because then his brain doesn't need to focus on it quite as much.

I really think it depends on the individual.


. DH drives me a little crazy with the noise level because he will have 2 different radios and the TV on all at once.. He likes background noise, in fact when I can't wake him up, all I need to do is turn off the TV.. LOL!


LOL
My hubby is the same way! Even changing the channel can wake him up. :)
redhead-bedhead
by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I love Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd (total yen and yang, I know.) Is Nirvana considered Classic Rock yet? I listen to Nirvana a lot.

Quoting kirbymom: I love classic rock. Do you have a favorite?


Quoting redhead-bedhead: 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.


TidewaterClan
by on Feb. 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

In high school and beyond I always had some tunes going on in the background.  I didn't even realize I'd think of the songs to remember the facts until I studied with a classmate for a big test.  She didn't want any music on, and I did horrible on that test.  I figured out then, that I was better off studying alone with some songs!

TidewaterClan
by on Feb. 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Those are great bands!  If I'm in a really bad mood (PMS, inlaws, whatever!) I like stuff like KoRn.  A few pure screaming songs puts back in a happy state of mind for some reason, lol. :)

Quoting redhead-bedhead:

I love Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd (total yen and yang, I know.) Is Nirvana considered Classic Rock yet? I listen to Nirvana a lot.

Quoting kirbymom: I love classic rock. Do you have a favorite?


Quoting redhead-bedhead: 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.



Jilectan
by Member on Feb. 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

I can't focus with music playing in the background. I have to have it pretty quiet. My son seems to be that way, too.

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