Music To Listen To When Doing Homework

Nick Perham, professor for the School of Health Sciences at the University of Wales Institute did a study on students listening to music while doing homework.After playing a variety of songs for students while they were focused, the results were all the same- music is a distraction to the brain.

I get asked a lot about whether students with ADHD should listen to music when doing homework. They hear something, like a dog barking, and then they want to focus on that rather than the task at hand.Using brain images of people listening to short symphonies by an obscure 18th-century composer, the researchers showed that music engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions, and updating the event in memory.Most significantly, peak brain activity occurred during a short period of silence between musical movements– when seemingly nothing was happening.According to Perham, "If you can understand the lyrics, it doesn't matter whether you like it or not, it will impair your performance of reading comprehension."A study by Middle Tennessee State University also came to the conclusion that music can inhibit focus while studying.The final results decided silence is the best way to stay focused on a homework task.As college students, what value does listening to music have when it comes to doing homework?Does listening to music take someone away from focusing on their studies? The “Mozart effect” describes an experiment done where it was believed that listening to Mozart helped the brain with special-rotation skills.That’s why they have dubbed this phenomenon the ‘irrelevant sound effect’ (ISE).It’s true that previous studies have found benefits to listening to music before performing a task.Despite these results, some students prefer to listen to music when they study or do homework.See what some of them had to say about their study playlists here: Lexi Flake, Sophomore in Early Childhood Education-"I sometimes listen to music while studying. I listen to Sia, Imagine Dragons or country if I do.

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