For many years now there has been a conflict on whether listening to music is truly beneficial to the mind and brain, or if it’s only good for recreational purposes. In fact, it has become a domain of research in the field of cognitive neurosciences. While many others may disagree, there are numerous benefits of music on learning and improving your memory. Are you wondering how? Keep reading to find out more!
Feeling Stressed But Have a Long List of Work? Plug In Your Headphones!
It’s no surprise that your mood and emotions will affect your concentration. How many times have you been able to truly concentrate on your work when you are in a grumpy mood? We’re sure the count won’t be any greater than a single digit number. In fact, there may not be a count at all! Being able to work efficiently when in a bad mood, that too in a productive manner is a very different thing.
So, what do you do when you are not feeling too great? Perhaps you go for a walk or sweat it out. Maybe you take a nap. These are all great alternatives, but you won’t always have the time to be able to do them. In such a case, music will come to your rescue. Listen to your favorite song, or a track that can calm you down. Even better if the song doesn’t have any background vocals, since you won’t be distracted by the lyrics. You will notice your mood uplifting and in no time at all, you’ll be back to being productive and getting things done! So, you’ve got the first proof that there are benefits of music on learning and improving your memory.
Help Your Brain Cells Study for That Big Test the Next Day
There’s nothing worse than having to study that one subject you don’t like, for hours, and yet not being able to remember a single word. Trust us, we have gone through it endless times. But it’s not like you weren’t concentrating, right? Then why is it that we can’t seem to remember what we just studied?Don’t worry – neither are your brain cells dying, nor are you getting old. Often, this is a result of stress. Perhaps you’re worrying too much and need to take a break, but you cannot afford to waste a single second.
When this happens, listen to a soothing song and meditate for a few minutes. This will help you relax and allows your brain to ‘declutter’ itself. In no time at all, you will begin to feel refreshed. You’ll notice that your thoughts are now arranged and you can focus much better. Go ace that test!
Who Knew That Music Could Help With Memorization?
Did you know that listening to music while studying may even help you write your test better? Neither did we! We won’t bore you with the scientific terms for it, but upon extensive research, our experts discovered that some people may listen to a particular song or tune while studying a topic, and often end up remembering the answer for it during their test by first remembering the song! Confusing, isn’t it? The human brain is a confusing thing indeed.
Sing It to Learn It
The chances of you remembering the opening track to your favorite TV show from when you were a child are higher than those of you recalling the elements of the Periodic Table. Some people may find that remembering their bank account number is the toughest task ever bestowed upon them. Perhaps you could carry on with your life without having to remember the first 20 elements in the Periodic Table, but could you really do the same when it comes to your bank account?
Try singing the number to your favorite tune. Why not get creative and create your own tune for it? After reciting it a few times, you will be delighted to find that it doesn’t take long for the number to get embedded into your mind. Keep in mind to not share your musical masterpiece with anyone though!In fact, you might as well try memorizing those first 20 elements while you are at it too!
We recommend surfing the web to find musical ways to memorize the things you just can’t seem to remember, no matter how hard you try. We are sure there must be a song for memorizing the elements of the Periodic Table too!
Time to Master the ‘Mozart Effect’
By now, we’re sure you have understood that listening to music while studying or working can prove to be beneficial to your brain and mind. We are sure you’re wondering what exactly the ‘Mozart Effect’ is. Allow us to explain the term. It is a study which implies that listening to music can increase a person’s intelligence and concentration. Wondering if it’s true? Why not try it out for yourself!
Next time you are studying or trying to learn something new, play some music on your speakers or headphones, and let the tune work its magic. Of course, keep in mind to not listen to a song that could end up distracting you. Ideally, our experts recommend putting on a track with no lyrics and no drastically changing tempos.
Sometimes, music can become much more than mere enjoyment and fun. It can become your companion when you are alone, friend when you need someone to comfort you, medicine when you need to heal your heart, tutor when you are finding it difficult to concentrate and memorize something critical and go-to space when you want to cut off from the world and get some time alone.
Have you ever experienced the Mozart Effect first hand? Do you agree with the benefits of music on learning and improving your memory? Do you have a story to share about your relationship with music or an experience that brought you closer to music? Or do you have a different perspective of music in your life? If yes, we encourage you to share your stories and experiences with us. Also, if you have any questions for us, you are more than welcome to share them in the comment section below.