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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 (41-50):
SarahinWA
by Member on Feb. 23, 2014 at 10:57 PM
I did! Throughout HS, College, and even now, making lessons plans for the kids. :)

Quoting kirbymom: 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.
paganbaby
by Silver Member on Feb. 23, 2014 at 11:10 PM
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Oh not me. I can't have distractions while I read. Background noise is okay but nothing interesting,lol..

tntmom1027
by Member on Feb. 24, 2014 at 12:58 AM

For me it depended on what I was studying. In high School I would listen a lot or have the TV on and it didn't make much different. But in college I didn't do so as much. Especially when I was working on my theoretical work or a Research study. I just couldn't concentrate enough. I did listen with a lot of other work though.(I have degrees in Sociology/Criminology and Forensic science). 

butterflycircle
by Member on Feb. 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM
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 i do only instramental as well bc if not i will sing alonglol

Quoting kirbymom: Out of curiosity, why only instrumental?


Quoting usmom3:

 If I do it is instrumental only!

 

LyricB915
by on Feb. 24, 2014 at 9:15 PM
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My daughter is six and we play music more than we do anything else in our home, while studying I let her listen to jazz, or classical music, really just music as Lyrics can be distracting. Although There are times when I have to turn the music off while doing my own work because my mind can drift, so you have to know yourself and your mood.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 25, 2014 at 7:27 AM
Lol
Yeah, singing along can be quite distracting. :)


Quoting butterflycircle:

 i do only instramental as well bc if not i will sing alonglol


Quoting kirbymom: Out of curiosity, why only instrumental?
Quoting usmom3:

 If I do it is instrumental only!


 

kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 25, 2014 at 7:31 AM
She is SO adorable! Such a cutie pie. :)


Quoting LyricB915:

My daughter is six and we play music more than we do anything else in our home, while studying I let her listen to jazz, or classical music, really just music as Lyrics can be distracting. Although There are times when I have to turn the music off while doing my own work because my mind can drift, so you have to know yourself and your mood.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 25, 2014 at 7:36 AM
Yikes! That is a LOT of studying. Maybe you could lend me a brain cell or two? :)
I bet your family is so proud of you. Do you get to use them much?

Quoting tntmom1027:

For me it depended on what I was studying. In high School I would listen a lot or have the TV on and it didn't make much different. But in college I didn't do so as much. Especially when I was working on my theoretical work or a Research study. I just couldn't concentrate enough. I did listen with a lot of other work though.(I have degrees in Sociology/Criminology and Forensic science). 

kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 25, 2014 at 7:40 AM
Do you find that your k8ds do the same?



Quoting SarahinWA: I did! Throughout HS, College, and even now, making lessons plans for the kids. :)

Quoting kirbymom: 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.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 25, 2014 at 7:53 AM
Well, I would have to agree more now than a few years ago.
lol. I'm thinking maybe my age is trying to catch up with me.



Quoting paganbaby:

Oh not me. I can't have distractions while I read. Background noise is okay but nothing interesting,lol..

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