Face the Music: How Listening to Music Helps with Studying

Listening to music for relaxation is common among students to counter the effects of stress or anxiety while completing difficult academic tasks. Some studies supporting this technique have shown that background music promotes cognitive performance while other studies have shown that listening to music while engaged in complex cognitive tasks can impair performance.

Many students listen to music to alleviate the emotional effects of stress and anxiety when engaging in complex cognitive processing, such as studying for a test, completing homework assignments or while reading and writing. This is so common that it would be beneficial for university students to understand the role that music plays in cognitive performance. Research shows that the effects of music on performance is well documented, but have shown duel evidence on this matter. In some studies conducted have shown that musical can be a distraction on cognitive task performance.

Personally I enjoy listening to some good classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. This however differs from person to person. Classical music helps you to relax even when you are not paying attention to the music. Moreover, it has been found that classical music can help soothe insomnia. A team of researchers at the University of Toronto found that tuning into classical music before bedtime helped people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Works by Brahms, Handel, Mozart, Strauss and Bach were effective sleep aids because they use rhythms and tonal patterns that create a meditative mood and slow brainwaves the study found.

Whichever genre of music you have an interest in, make it work for you and utilize it when studying, writing or merely trying to fall asleep. It will not only assist with your cognitive processing, but also relax you and put you in a state of meditation.

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