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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Does Music Help Learning

"Music has been known to aid studying directly and indirectly. It can improve memory and focus, while alleviating anxiety or stress." continues

Unfortunately, studies analyzing the correlation between student performance and background music with lyrics have shown that music while working can be just as distracting as listening to someone talking.

Luckily for students, similar research has indicated that music’s effects on performance widely varies from person to person. Instrumental music without vocals, such as classical, has shown to be beneficial in other studies.

Photo: Clifford Nass
Clifford Nass, a Professor at Stanford, says that music with lyrics is disruptive to writing or reading skills. But “if you’re not using the language parts of your brain” it won’t have a significant impact.