Music creates different emotions, and most importantly it creates different states of mind. Last month I wrote about one of the productivity techniques that I started using, and so far it is working perfectly.
Today I’m writing about something related but somehow different, today I’m writing about my playlist for studying.
Can music boost your performance?
Maybe some of you are familiarized with the “Mozart Effect“; the idea is that listening to classical music can enhance the intelligence of people in general and babies in particular. This is pretty much false.
Listening to a composer or genre of music won’t make you smarter. However, according to Francis Rauscher, listening to classical music can improve certain cognitive skills (like spatial intelligence) for a short time period (about 10 minutes).
In his research, he also says that this effect will vary depending on taste of music, some may react positive to Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525: I. Allegro but if you instead like The Clash you’re going to find a “The Clash Effect”.
Then again, a study from Dr Nick Perham suggests that music can interfere with short-term memory performance. According to Perham’s research, listening to music (doesn’t matter if you like it or not) will impede us to recall phone numbers, doing mental arithmetic, and even learning languages.
However, there is an agreement that acknowledges the potential of music to help create the perfect state of mind for studying, somewhere in between relaxation and excitement.
So, there’s no way of knowing if it boosts your performance or not (at least it is very complex to know for sure), it is actually a individual matter and for some it works for some it is better to study in silence.
Everybody loves music, and everyone has specific taste in music for different activities. It doesn’t matter what you are doing there is always a perfect soundtrack to go along with whatever you are doing.
Even though researchers and scientists say it is not the best idea to listen to music while study, I kind of disagree; for me music sets my brain into an active state, and most of the times I’m not even paying attention to what I’m listening to but it helps me knowing that there are some nice tunes in the background.
So, this is one of the playlists that I use to study, hope you guys like it!