Many people listen to music while they’re carrying out everyday tasks, whether they’re studying for a test or even reading a book. If you are like me, nothing makes agonizing work more manageable and enjoyable than music: when you have to study or do some university stuff, doing it in complete silence just feels weird. Sometimes you need something to play in the background, and music is the perfect solution! To some people it may be a bad thing, but judging from the number of students wearing headphones in libraries, music helps a lot.
If you’ve ever pumped up the volume to feel more powerful, you know a little bit about how music can change your mood, energy level and motivation. But do you know that listening to music while studying brings lost of benefits?
Here’s a list of good reasons why you should listen to music while studying.
It Makes Life Infinitely More Fun
Even if is not proven that music helps every single of student, there’s no denying that university life would be more boring and annoying without it. It has been scientifically proven that listening to music releases dopamine, a chemical which makes a person feel happier, more motivated and relaxed… So, even just listening to a good sound helps you get through exams better.
It Helps You Escape
Surrounded by noise and interferences, sometimes you need to be alone: music can provide you with the escape you want! In fact, researches show that people studying in noisy places can concentrate better when they listen to music instead of just listening to their surroundings.
It Helps You Visualize Better
There’s been a lot of debate on the accuracy of the Mozart Effect, a popular theory in the nineties which claimed that listening to Mozart will make you smarter. According to another reaserch, lead by Dr. Rauscher and her colleague H. Li, rats – like humans – perform better on learning and memory tests after listening to a specific Mozart sonata. Some of the many benefits of the Mozart Effect include improvement in test scores, cut learning times, reduced errors, improved creativity and precision. According to a study carried out at Johns Hopkins University, playing background music for creativity and reflection activities such as writing, goal-setting, project work or brainstorming is a great thing. You can move around activities to increase productivity and stay focused!
It Makes You Feel Less Anxious
A recent survey by YouGov showed that 1 in every 4 of British students suffers from mental health problems. Among those who participated, anxiety and stress seem to be the most commonplace problems. This number is still quite alarming! According to research done by Cambridge University Professors Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster, hip-hop music offers its listeners a regenerating effect that can help them accept, manage and deal (in the best way) with problems related to anxiety and study. Studies show that feeling relaxed can benefit you in everything: you are more positive and you retain information better. Entering an easygoing state of mind when you’re a student can be challenging, but listening to music can also help you relax by lowering your blood pressure, easing muscle tension and increasing your attention span.
It Helps Improve Your Memory
Ever wondered why it’s easier to memorize the lyrics of Muse’s Hysteria than theorems and mathematical formulas? That’s because your brain looks for patterns to better understand, recall, and process information. Benefits don’t necessarily depend on the kind of music you listen to, but rather on how your brain grasps the pattern of the song.
It’s Exercise for Your Brain
In a paper published on the online journal Neuropsychology, professor Brenda Hanna-Pladdy states that musical activity serves as a cognitive exercise for the brain which trains it for more challenges in the future. People who have musical training early in life have healthier brains and are less likely to suffer from debilitating diseases like Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Music also stimulates different regions of the brain responsible for memory, motor control, timing and language. At McGill University in Montreal, neuroscientist Anne Blood said: «You can activate different parts of the brain, depending on what music you listen to. So music can stimulate parts of the brain that are underactive in neurological diseases or a variety of emotional disorders. Over time, we could retrain the brain in these disorders».
Music has a powerful impact on your physiological state, emotions and can help improve your study habits in many ways. In conclusion, there are a lot of good reasons to listening to music and it is not a bad thing to do in order to stay focused.
So if you ever need a solution to stay focused, slip on your headphones and play our music!