Sunday, March 27, 2016

Is Listening to Music Good When Studying?

http://ucdavis.uloop.com/news/view.php/3436/Music-and-Studying-Good-or-Bad

It isn't uncommon to find a student listen to music when studying. Teenagers often find listening to music because of their own personal motives, like distracting themselves from the world. 

But is listening to music really good when studying? This article states that listening to music when studying does nothing when you're trying to study. The reason is that your brain is already spending energy processing and analyzing the music, there probably won't be enough energy to analyze and process the work you're trying to study. I choose this article because I knew we already studied a bit in health about how the brain processes things, and that I normally do listen to music when I study because I get bored when I study and want to listen to somewhat interesting things other than the things I'm trying to study.

Why do teens normally listen to music when they study? What type of music do you listen to when you study? Will you try not listening to music a couple of nights of studying and see if music affects the way you think?

21 comments:

  1. Just depending on my mood, I listen to music while studying. I only listen to it to make it more fun while I do homework, because sitting in silence for hours can get boring. I didn't know that music can be so distracting, because like it said in the article, music "divides the brain's attention, and thus causing the student to have a difficult time memorizing the material in front of him/her". I'm still shocked to see what this study revealed. I always thought that listening to music is supposed to be good while studying, at least for certain people.
    I think I will try to study without music for a few days. It will be interesting to see if I can finish quicker, and understand the content better.

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  2. When I study, or do homework I usually just listen to music to keep my brain working, being a band and choir musician, music keeps my mind active. The only thing is I won't listen to music with words, but I also won't listen to Mozart baroque music. I'll listen to a more contemporary band arrangement, such as instrumental sound tracks to movies I know, which since I already know the song I don't focus as much on the music and I focus more on my work. I have tried listing to classical music while studying and although it is in fact quite interesting, I can not seem to get focused on my work because many classical songs tend to be slower where as a contemporary band arangement from lets say captian America is more up beat and fast and keeps your brain stimulated, or at least that's how it works in my case. And I don't think I could ever study with out music on, I have found that I become more distracted when there isn't music playing when I'm working and it takes me a longer amount of time to finish the work I'm working on.

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  3. I didn't realize how much listening to music can affect your study habits. I thought that by listening to music it would help you remember things better, but I was wrong. Listening to music and working on school works affects both sides of your brain the right and left. But why do teachers let us listen to music in class when writing an essay? Although classical music could help, no one would want to listen to that because it's not in our generation. Everyone's into Kanye and Jcole. I personally feel that I should change my study habits to help myself study more and have the opportunity for my brain to put it in my long term memories. Although I doubt that lots of people will stop listening to music when doing there school work or any work really because they've all become so attached to it that it could be really hard to stop.

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  4. I almost always listen to music while studying, which for me is very helpful. When doing simple homework or for example putting together a poster for a project, I can listen to any type of music I enjoy and it helps me stay concentrated. It makes sense that music with lyrics does not help our memory while studying; as the article states, "When you write, you trigger the left hemisphere of your brain. When you’re listening to music, you’re triggering the right hemisphere of your brain. When there are lyrics in a song, the left side of the brain becomes divided. It tries to decipher the your school material and analyze the words in the song at the same time." I found out for myself a long time ago that listening to music with lyrics distracts myself to the words instead of what I am trying to work on, so for a long time I listen to music without lyrics to do homework and study. I do sometimes run into the problem of over-analyzing the music, since I am a dancer and musician, but I usually can overpower that.

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  5. I think that teens tend to listen to music when studying because just studying leads people to boredom and then they don't process what they just learned. I listen to soft music when studying so that I don't get too distracted. I find it hard to listen to music and study when it comes to certain subjects such as math because that tends to require my full attention. I was shocked that "Studying while listening to music is, in most cases, completely counter-productive" because a lot of people find it easier to study with music.

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  6. The fact that classical music helps one study is surprising because it has to do with the brain's hemispheres. While the study says that music with lyrics can distract you, I feel that this is not completely true. Usually when I am unable to motivate myself to study, a bit of soft music helps me get in the mood. At the same time, it is easy for me to ignore after a while so that it does not distract me. As long as the music isn't that loud and you don't focus on the lyrics, I believe that one should be good with using music to study.

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  7. It's interesting that this article points out the distinction of listening to music with and without lyrics and the effect that has. It definitely makes sense that your brain can't focus on what you're reading and listening to at the same time, but I think they've neglected to mention a few ways you can still listen to something that's fun but also get work done. First of all, I've found that if you're completing homework that isn't explicitly memorization, such as completing math problems or responding to short answers, the lyrics in music won't impact you because you're not mainly reading. Additionally, if you listen to music in a language that you don't understand, your brain also won't be distracted by the words, so you can focus on reading all you want!

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  8. no matter if I was doing homework, studding, or something else that needed to concentrate, I always needed to listen to music. In the article it said that your brain is analysis the music and would not have enough "brain power" to do the other assignment, when I have music on I tend to do a lot more then not having music. I agree with what Camilla has wrote here.

    For me I listen to slow up beat music and it helps me every time.

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  9. Teens listen to music because according to the article, it says that the majority of teenagers find that listening to music helps their own personal motives.
    The music I listen to is rock and roll or sometimes, alternative rock music
    I am not going to try spending a couple of nights of studying without music because it will distract me from something else.

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  10. I found this article really helpful for me because I often listen to music while doing my homework. However, I have never been able to read anything and easily listen to music, I found my self easily distracted. In this article it talks about exactly that. Your left hemisphere is now dividing it's attention between writing your homework and listening to the lyrics of the song. Now I know that by listening to classical music, I'll be able to better do my homework and it can actually benefit my ability to memorize stuff.

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  11. Once in a blue moon, I do my homework. And when I actually do my homework, I listen to music as sort of like a pre-ritual. For me, listening to music is helpful because it strips and eases my mind from the stress that happened in my day which makes it easier for me to relax and focus on work. However as much as I love music, sometimes I find myself distracted instead when listening to it while I'm doing my work. I still would be able to accomplish some but only for a short time and then my mind would wander of because I either get too relaxed or carried away. That is why I only listen to it before I do my work. I'm really not much of a fan to music without lyrics but if it helps with my focus then it's worth the try.

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  12. Once in a blue moon, I do my homework. And when I actually do my homework, I listen to music as sort of like a pre-ritual. For me, listening to music is helpful because it strips and eases my mind from the stress that happened in my day which makes it easier for me to relax and focus on work. However as much as I love music, sometimes I find myself distracted instead when listening to it while I'm doing my work. I still would be able to accomplish some but only for a short time and then my mind would wander of because I either get too relaxed or carried away. That is why I only listen to it before I do my work. I'm really not much of a fan to music without lyrics but if it helps with my focus then it's worth the try.

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  13. I usually don't listen to music while I'm studying because I personally can't concentrate which is probably the most important thing while studying. Because of this article, I know that you shouldn't be listening to music while studying. And also I knew that listening to music and studying stimulates the same part of the brain therefore I don't listen to music while I'm writing an essay, etc.

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  14. I think teens listen to music when studying because they feel it keeps them stay on topic and not get bored or wonder off from working. I listen to rap or r&b when studying even though I know it's not something to help keep you on track and actually doesn't help you focus as much as you potentially could. I might start to try not listening to music a few times a week while studying or writing an essay and see if I do better just to try it out and see if it really does push my brain to its full learning potential.

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  15. I think teens listen to music when they're studying so other people won't try to talk to them and distract them. At least that's my reason for listening to music and doing school work. I listen to EDM or ballads depending on my mood, sometimes classical. I don't actually pay attention to the music when I'm listening to it because I'm only using it as an excuse to ignore people. I doesn't distract me, I blast my music and cram right before a test and I do pretty good for not studying at all. I will always listen to music and study because I don't want to change a habit that has been working for me since the beginning of middle school.

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  16. In the article, when it talked about how music divides the brain's attention, I was actually already aware of that. I've read many articles about this topic, and I personally hate listening to music when I study. I end up getting nothing done and don't retain any information whatsoever. I listen to instrumental or classical music, but that's it.

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  17. Teens listen to music to kill time and get through homework, which I also do. I can relate to this article because when the text states "Thus, non-lyrical music actually increases your ability to memorize and retain information.'I also work better with non lyric songs because I'm not thinking about what the musician is singing. The kind of music I listen to while studying is CHON and some of the songs are non lyric. I think I will try not to listen to any music while studying because for me it does become distracting.

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  18. Listening to music while studying could be distracting. I like to listen to basically any genre and I find it to be interesting that music does not help at all. I usually listen to instrumental hip-hop or instrumental soundtracks and those are the ones I find the most to help me focus. Other genres usually with vocals make me drift away because the usual rhythm will get me off track. Other than that I do not think music should be ruled out to help us focus on certain things we would like to get done.

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  19. Listening to music while studying could be distracting. I like to listen to basically any genre and I find it to be interesting that music does not help at all. I usually listen to instrumental hip-hop or instrumental soundtracks and those are the ones I find the most to help me focus. Other genres usually with vocals make me drift away because the usual rhythm will get me off track. Other than that I do not think music should be ruled out to help us focus on certain things we would like to get done.

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  20. Music personally helps me concentrate when studying for certain things. Sometimes it is easier to concentrate in silence depending on the subject and as the article states that music divides the brains attention, but i think it all depends on the person because different people can be affected differently depending on how their brain span is.

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  21. I can see the articles argument and think that it applies to some people. While yes sometimes while I work I put on some headphones and listen to what ever i have on my playlist i'll get carried away and sing along to the music and forget about what i'm working. But there are also the times I have gotten papers done faster than I would have if i wasn't listening to music. I think its mainly based on your surrounds and your level of interest in the work. If i'm writing a paper around friends and on a topic I don't like I expect to goof off. But when i'm concentrating and working on something I enjoy i can expect to pump put some very high quality work.

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