When I was young, my parents used to always say: “Switch of that music and do your homework!!” At that time, it was believed that listening to music while studying was distracting.

Let’s not forget that the science, in those days, had me forced into eating tons of spinach in the misinformed belief that it would make me healthy. It was generally believed that spinach contained an incredible amount of iron, but today we all knows that this belief was due to a decimal point somehow ending up in the wrong place!

Improve Productivity

Everybody knows that music can improve our mood and generate positive feelings, but now it seems it is considered to be good to listen to music while studying. In fact, there are a number of studies that prove that we can actually study better while listening to music. There are also studies showing that music can significantly boost productivity. Apparently, music blocks out background noise and replaces unpredictable distractions with predictable and rhythmic sounds, thereby significantly improving the ability to remain focused.

Retain More Information

Research confirms that music can also help us to concentrate and perform for longer periods of time. This is particularly true for tasks that involve us being creative. Music can be used specifically to initiate internal processing and facilitate inventiveness. The tempo and rhythmic patterns of music help to maintain attention. Music can also help us to stay alert when we’re feeling drowsy. More importantly, studying while listening to the right music can help us to retain more information – turning it into a sort of auditory memory booster!

Background Music

One study found that students who attended a lecture where music was playing quietly in the background, scored significantly higher than students who attended the same lecture without music. And it’s not just music: recent studies have shown that listening to special recordings containing Brainwave Entrainment techniques, such as Binaural Beats, can significantly increase IQ and improve academic test scores!

Work Better in Coffee Shops.

Coffee shop workers have reported that they feel more focused, effective and creative. It seems that the sound of coffee shops is conducive to concentration and productivity. This seems to be because the sound provides the ideal level of distraction. Science suggests that the increased effort used to work against small distractions can actually enhance concentration and retention levels. In one study, 300 participants were exposed to an ambient background noise of around 70 decibels, which is about the level of a medium to busy coffee shop. They were then asked questions using objective word-association. Their score was significantly higher with background sounds than when the test was conducted in silence.

So there we have it: the state of mind that is achieved by listening to sound and music can help us to study better, learn more, concentrate for longer, and retain more information. So put on those head-phones and get to work! (…with a nice cup of coffee or lovely plate of spinach!)

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SonicTonic is an app that has specifically designed programmes to improve focus and concentration. There is even a free series of surround-recordings of coffee shops.

Visit www.sonictonic.io

 

Sources:

Music during lectures: Will students learn better?

Research Shows Listening to Music Increases Productivity (and Some Types of Music Are Super Effective)

Do you get your best work done in coffee shops? Here’s why

The Best Music to Listen to For Optimal Productivity, According to Science

“The Effects of Various Kinds of Background Music on the I.Q. Scores of Ninth-Grade Students”

 

 

 

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Research at Drexel University in Philadelphia found that music therapy and pre-recorded music reduced pain more than standard treatments in cancer patients. This Study with more than 50 trials to review, was one of the largest ph.D. Joke Bradt participated in. More than 500 participants reported, that they experienced less pain through music therapy. „The evidence suggests that music interventions may be useful as a complementary treatment to people with cancer.“ so Brandt. The results show, that music therapy may increase patients´quality of life and influence mood, pain, blood pressure and heart rate positively.

SourceDrexel EducationBenefits of Music

We all know that music can influence our mood and emotions.

It can soothe and comfort us and press just the right buttons to make us feel happy, sad, relaxed, or even excited. It has the power to transport us back to our childhood within seconds or to put us on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Music can even have a positive effect on our health and our capacity for learning. SonicTonic uses music to exert a specific influence on the mind and as a vehicle for transporting other mind-changing techniques within the framework of Receptive Sound Therapy.

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Matthew Schulkind compares declarative and procedural memory with regard to music. Songs that people have a special relationship with need just the first few notes of a song transport the listener back to that particular time and place. Music can help dementia patients to bring back lost informations stored in longterm memory. In a clinical study, listening to music increased the likelihood of patients’ remembering faces or the names associated with those faces.

 

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People (mostly men) are often scared of their emotions and try to suppress the negative ones like sadness or loneliness. Musicians on the other hand know, that there is beauty in melancholy. A sort of anchor and preparation of hard times to come. But music can serve so many more functions – helping one concentrate better, act as language or bridge back to past experiences. It is truly a useful and versatile gift.
Writer: Jaakko Erkkilä, Marko Punkanen, Jörg Fachner, Esa Ala-Ruona, Inga Pöntiö, Mari Tervaniemi, Mauno Vanhala and Christian Gold

Source: The British Journal of Psychiatry (2011) 199, 132–139.

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While many people suffer under depression, clinical treatment is moving fast forward and is providing great medicine for the patients. Music is hereby an important player. This cost-efficient tool is not only available at any time and uplifts your mood, it is also a great working tool against depression! Although the scientist do not solely predefine music as the key against depression, they still proved a significant improvement in therapy of depressions if music is added.

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Writer: Imogen N. Clark, Felicity A. Baker & Nicholas F. Taylor
Source: Nordic Journal of Music Therapy (2016), 25:1, 76-104

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This study is a review of 23 theoretical texts representing three contexts: therapeutic outcomes, sports and exercise performance, and auditory-motor processing. The findings consistently categorised music as a true motivator in physical activities, and furthermore suggest to use music as a prescriptive therapy to boost mood and motivation.

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Writer: Suvi Saarikallio & Jaakko Erkkilä
Source: Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research vol 35(1): 88‒109

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The study explored the aspect of music as a tool for mood regulations in adulthood. The findings suggested increasing and restoring of well-being, and also made the participants’ emotional life more varied and colourful. The underlying motivation for the study was to clarify one piece of the puzzle in exploring the meaning of music.

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