How music boosts brain power
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Updated: Friday, April 13, 2012 14:04
Studies have shown that the right kind of music can help students relax their mind which enables them to concentrate better to do homework or study for a test or an exam. Music can cut down on distractions and help students to focus on their work.
According to the Center for New Discoveries in Learning, music does have an effect on studying. They say the potential for learning can be improved by music.
Several studies now show that an activity, such as listening to music can activate the brain, causing it to be more capable of processing information.
“Music brightens moods and increases a positive mind-set both of which are key aspects of successful studying,” said Mark E. Sunkett, a member of the performance faculty at ASU and professor in ethnomusicology, which is the study of the music of different cultures.
What kind of music helps with studying?
Music at 60 beats-per-minute is required to put the brain in a “vivid and cheery” frame of mind. In this state, thinking and creativity are said to be easier. Concertos for Recorder by Telemann & Vivaldi is recommended.
Classical music may not be a college student’s first choice of genres, and for those individuals, ambient music is designed to keep the brain engaged at a lower, subconscious level. This includes sounds of nature such as waterfalls, rain, and the seashore, recommended by instructor Keith Heffner, faculty member in the music department at MCC.
“Listening to music activates sound-to-meaning neurons in the brain, which jumpstarts other portions of the brain that allow for faster learning,” said Heffner.
More modern, “chill out” music is designed to relax the mind and allow it to roam.
Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports” has been noted as being useful for serious studying and deep concentration. This music was designed to relax stressed out travelers at the airport and put them at ease.