SOME HATE IT:
"This music is pissing me off. I thought it would help me study instead I want to sleep."
"i failed my exams..i blame this shit"
"I have one thing to say. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz....."
WHEREAS SOME LOVE IT:
This is like magic, I've managed an hour of concentration so far over the usual 5 minutes.
"This really helps me a lot. Personally, its hard for me to work in complete silence, so having this playing softly in the background helps me concentrate on my work. :) "
"Got a 3.625 GPA after the first semester because of this music helping me :) THank you so much :) You really helped me on my future to DeVry :') "
Above were some of the replies for the Brain Music video below. Some are happy, some are cursing and swearing. Definitely one man's food is another man's poison.
The big question we all have is if WHAT MUSIC IS OUR REAL STUDY BUDDY?
Well the old wives' tale told us that the Mozart Effect was powerful. Classical Music is the best way to go to enhance the super muscles of the brain. Well, latest studies helps us to know it is a myth.
"...in 2006 a large study was conducted in Britain involving eight thousand children. They listened either to ten minutes of Mozart’s String Quintet in D Major, a discussion about the experiment or to a sequence of three pop songs: Blur’s “Country House,” “Return of the Mack,” by Mark Morrison and PJ and Duncan’s “Stepping Stone”. Once again music improved the ability to predict paper shapes, but this time it wasn’t a Mozart effect, but a Blur effect. The children who listened to Mozart did well, but with pop music they did even better, so prior preference could come into it."
So Mozart, classical or instrumental music has a serious competition with POP music too.
Now what you need to know is that Pop music is not the real threat. The real threat is with CATCHY LYRICS AND "CAPTIVE" MUSIC.
When you hear words that are catchy in the songs, you mingle them with words that are in the textbook. Then it gets all screwed up. It is like being in a gym doing leg exercises and chest exercises at the same time expecting for the arm muscles to grow.
"Captive" Music on the other hand is related to Music that brings you old memories, distracting you from being in the full presence of your books. It drifts you away, disturbs your heart or even breaks you apart. It will help someone to think, for example, how they wll dance to this music when they are old and then start thinking about their grandparents and the story goes all the way back to childhood with their grandparents and them..."
What you want to avoid in life is "SELECTIVE ATTENTION" whether you are with your phone on the road or with your Music with your Textbooks. You got to injure something or someone. To further help you understand about selective attention, click on the video and count the number of passes.
We all love music. People use music mostly for escape.
Escape from nagging, escape from stress, escape from boredom, escape from failures.
Yet to enhance your memory muscles, we need to disengage ourselves from "Escape Music" and choose "Entry Music". In other words, we choose Music that helps us focus on the words and information of the study materials. Stop choosing the wrong music and struggle and battle for memory. The right weapon is your right music.
What Kind of Music Helps You Study?
There are many types of music that have been shown to put your mind in study mode. Here are a few of the most mentioned.
- Baroque classical music is said to have mind-boosting effects. Productivity writer David Allen of “Getting Things Done” fame has said he prefers music like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3, and other Baroque tunes.
- Others say that music at 60 beats-per-minute is required to put the brain in a “bright and breezy” frame of mind. In this state your thinking and creativity are said to be easier. Concertos for Recorder – Telemann & Vivaldi is recommended.
- Since classical music may not be your thing there are other types of music that have been shown to increase your concentration levels. Ambient music or sound is designed to keep your brain engaged at a lower, subconscious level. Waterfalls, rain, seashore, whatever your taste.
- More modern electronic “Chill out” music genres such as Trip-hop, Nu jazz, Ambient House, Ambient Trance, New Age and other sub-genres of Down tempo are designed to relax the mind and allow it to roam.
- Eno’s “Music for Airports” has been noted as being useful for serious studying and deep concentration. This music was designed to relax stressed out travelers at the airport and put them at ease.
- Pop or Fast Music with lyrics, music or words that have no effect on distracting you will be another option.
"Entry Music" is like having cupcake or ice-cream during dessert time. It is only for period of the day that gives you the right food. You won't choose a full course dinner during dessert time right? You would have consumed that in a different time. It is time to change your diet. It is time to choose dessert during dessert time. Choose Entry Music for study.
Let Information really, truly enter you when you open your text books.