SOUNDS & STUDIES: Listening to music can aid in educational efforts

PALOMA LEOS, Staff writer

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Does music distract you from your studies or does listening to your favorite jam improve your performance? Many researches have found that listening to music before performing a task improves memory, attention, and could potentially help mental math ability.

Researchers at Beth Israel Medical Center’s Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine believe they have proven that one of the best cures to depression and anxiety is music.

“Music offers people opportunities for new aesthetic, physical, and relational experiences,” according to a recent article in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Freshman Nicole Blevins said that only a certain type of music helps her with studies.

“Sometimes I’ll listen to a song and make it fit into vocabulary words and I always seem to get a good grade whenever I do this,” she says.

Others say it completely distracts them.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love music but it honestly completely zones me out,” said freshman Crislyn Bonner. “I’ll be reading a book while listening to music and I’ll completely forget what I read. It’s a complete distraction.”

Now you may wonder, “Should I keep listening to music while I study?” and the answer is It depends on personal choice.

Stanford University professor Clifford Nass says: “Music with vocals is usually a huge distraction but smooth instrumental music opens up your mind. But In the end it’s all up to how your grades are affected.”

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SOUNDS & STUDIES: Listening to music can aid in educational efforts