The effects of music


Xitlali Soto, Staff writer

Psychological studies show that listening to music can conjure many emotions and affect the mind in various ways. From sobbing to a sad song or jamming to an upbeat tune, music can extract positive and negative feelings.

Research from an article on Psychcentral, shows that the brain can benefit from listening to music while studying or completing similar tasks. It has been proven to improve attention, memory, and even help decrease depression and anxiety.

One specific study by Psychologist, Susan Hallam who wrote the book Music Psychology In Education, shows that songs without many lyrics enhance the brain’s learning more efficiently than music with a lot of words and rhythms. Children that experience difficulties with reading comprehension have improved from training in rhythmical performance. An article by Susan Hallam states, “Musically trained participants remembered 17% more verbal information that those without musical training.’’

Stanford University professor, Clifford Nass, states, “Music with lyrics is very likely to have a problematic effect when you’re writing or reading. Probably less of an effect on math, if you’re not using the language parts of your brain.”


     Although there are many studies to prove the pros and cons of listening to music while learning, everyone’s studying habits vary. For example, people that struggle with multitasking may tend to drift more to the music than actually focusing on studying.

      No matter what music puts one at peace, loud or soft, everyone has their own preference to learning and studying.      

Whether it is silence or a simple melody when studying, music can benefit one’s soul for the greater good during their everyday life.