Did you know that studying to the right kind of music can make you feel less stressed, more focused and dare we say it, smarter? But how cool is it that music can be just what you need to get through the books easier while making your studying more productive? Pretty cool, right? Want to hear more? Sit back, grab your headphones and learn how studying to the right kind of music may be more than just music to your ears. Do you listen to music while you study, or do you prefer total silence? The jury is out on which is better since everyone is different; however, several research studies are proving that listening to the right kind of music can put your mind into study mode. You might be experiencing that right now with a roommate or a group of friends. What soothes one person might drive the other one to pull their hair out.
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How can music help us focus?
Music can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management. Research confirms these personal experiences with music. Current findings indicate that music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat causing alpha brainwaves frequencies from 8 - 14 hertz or cycles per second.
Danseuses de Delphes set the tone: this first Prelude had an erotic grace, a hint of naughtiness behind the direction Lent et grave slow and serious. Voiles even more so: was this a boat gently rocking on water, its sails barely ruffled by a warm breeze, or perhaps diaphanous veils wafting in an altogether more sensuous scenario? His approach was concentrated and intense — the frigid stillness of Des pas sur la neige was almost exquisitely unbearable — but there was wit and playfulness too, Minstrels prancing cheekily across the keyboard to close the first half with an insouciant flourish. Read full review here. Here is Stephen writing on Pagodes , the first piece on his new disc:. Stephen could be describing his own playing here though he is far too modest to do so!
They say classical music makes the best study tunes, but are we really limited to Bach and Mozart? You've probably heard that classical music is good for studying, taking tests and doing creative work. This idea stems from the " Mozart Effect ," a term coined in when scientists discovered that listening to Mozart's Sonata for 10 minutes resulted in better spatial reasoning skills -- a particular type of intelligence that involves visualizing and manipulating images in your brain. The findings in that study got blown out of proportion, however, and classical music became synonymous with intelligence: so synonymous, in fact, that in , then-Governor of Georgia Zell Miller proposed sending a classical cassette tape to every baby born in the state, free of charge, so that the babies would become smart. Even though the Mozart Effect has been more or less debunked in the time since, some experts still argue that music can offer other benefits to our brains -- namely, concentration and productivity. Read more: How to create the best exercise playlist for better workouts. Elicits positive emotions: People tend to be more productive and efficient when happy recent research confirms this , and the right kind of music can put a little pep in your step. People who listen to music, in fact, may be happier overall than people who don't listen to music. Makes you feel upbeat: Sometimes, work and life just feel drab.