Some researches think that music can have a profound impact on our state of being, altering everything from mood to heart rate and energize or depress us and music can also be an effective tool in leading students to that level. Previous research has found numerous benefits to listening to music before performing a task– it improves attention, memory, and even mental math ability. It has also been found to alleviate depression and anxiety.
Whether you are rocking out to Jayz and Bob Marley in your car or reading with Felix Mendehlson in your bedroom, music has a special ability to pump us up or calm us down.
Scientists are still trying to figure out what's going on in our brains when we listen to music and how it produces such potent effects on the psyche. A recent review found that music therapy can be an effective treatment for mood disorders related to neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.
The researchers concluded that music is a valid therapy to potentially reduce depression and anxiety, as well as to improve mood, self-esteem, and quality of life. They also noted that no negative side effects were reported in any of the trials, making music a low-risk treatment.
In terms of study music, what is it about classical that makes it better than that mainstream music with words?
Listening to lyrical music while reading or writing can hinder your ability to do so because the side of your brain that is in charge of these processes are overloaded by the words of the artist. Carefully tailoring your study music to what you’re doing can help students stay focused.
A number of academic studies recently zeroed in on classical music, showing that
listening benefits the brain, sleep patterns, the immune system and stress levels — all helpful when facing those all-important end-of-semester tests.
The researchers speculated that the music put students in a heightened emotional state, making them more receptive to information.
But make sure you are listening to classical music, because not all music aids studying.