Listening to Music

Topics: Jazz, Music genre, Brain Pages: 4 (1526 words) Published: January 6, 2013
Listening to Music While Studying is Academically Beneficial Based on Scientific Fact. Joseph S. Caruso
Murray High School

I propose, as a student, that listening to music while studying is academically beneficial based on scientific fact. Have you ever listened to music while studying? Maybe you hummed a song? Well, it has been tested and shown that while listening to music students have a slower thought process, which inevitably has led to a slower, and a much higher understanding of each topic. It was also shown that when a student listens to music while studying they are working both sides of the brain and that causes for a deeper thought, memorization, and attention.

I chose this topic because my sister and I continuously disagree about whether or not I may listen to music while I study. I always tell her; there is information out there that proves that when you listen to music your attention span rises, your memorization becomes clearer and there is a deeper thought behind what you are reading or doing. Listening to music involves multitasking, which leads to slow mental processing, which leads to better memorization, and memorization is a key part of successful studying. If you are anything like my sister, you may think music is a distraction, but it is actually a “helper”. “Maguire University Professor William Forde Thompson and his team conducted an experiment in which they asked students to read a passage of text while listening to Mozart piano sonata. The music was altered to be soft or loud, fast or slow.”What was the result? Students who read while listening to soft slow music performed better in the study. But what about in real life? If you are not listening to Mozart, are there still benefits to listening to music while you study? To help show that there is, I asked a close friend to explain how music is beneficial to her. Jamie Pontius, Junior at Murray High School, who enjoys music genres like Electronic and Folk Rock, had this to say in...
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