MIXED MUSICAL MESSAGES
HOW LISTENING TO MUSIC HELP AND HINDER LEARNING
The Mozart Effect:
A theory that music has the power to transform.
This term refers to the effect of many types of music, not Just Classical.
How music may help:
Various studies reveal how music can positively impact humans:
- Lowers blood pressure Improves memory
- Helps manage pain
- Helps healing from injury or surgery
- Helps manage epilepsy
- Helps with dyslexia and ADD
- Activates creativity
- Improves memory
- Facilitates short-term improvement of spatial temporal reasoning
- Reduces stress, depression, anxiety
- Helps relaxation
- Induces sleep
- Improve awareness
Paging Dr. Mozart...
His music helped patients with glaucoma and neurological conditions perform better in a peripheral vision test.
One study found that doctors may be better at finding precancerous colon polyps when listening to Mozart.
Why Is the Music of Mozart So Special?
• High degree of long-term periodicity
Periodicity = The quality of having recurring elements at regular intervals.
• Emphasis on the average power of particular notes
• Clarity, form, and excellence of performance
• Not over-stimulating
Mind the Gaps
Even the transitions-the quiet parts—within a piece of music may keep our brains working. Studies have shown:
- Peak brain activity occurs during the brief periods of silence between sections in a piece of music
- Listening to music can be a way for our brains to practice anticipating events and sustaining attention
- When we are listening to complex music, our brains will temporarily diminish sense of sight to help us hear the music better
Can Music Help You Study?
If it has a complicated melody or lyrics, the answer may be “no."
TURN IT UP!
- Write a paper
- Organize notes
- Assemble a presentation
TURN IT OFF.
- Study facts and dates
- Learn math, physics formulas
- Memorize the periodic table
- Learn foreign language rules
One study found that listening to music impairs the ability to recall "Y random groups of numbers, whether the listener likes the music or not.
Timing Is Everything
Instead of listening to music while you study for that physics final, listen before you hit the books and you may have:
- Better focus
- Enhanced memory
- Improved cognitive function
- Less stress and anxiety
So...enjoy your music on the way to the library. But once you're there, unplug from your iPod and heed the librarian’s request to when it’s time to hit the books!