The effects of music on the brain

Music is one of the few activities that involves using the whole brain. It is intrinsic to all cultures and can have surprising benefits. Listening to music or playing an instrument can actually make you a better learner. And many researches confirm this.

Music improves concentration

Listening to music improves the duration and intensity of concentration in all age groups and ability levels. It’s not clear what type of music is better, or what kind of musical structure is necessary to help, but many studies have shown significant effects. It used to be thought that listening to classical music, particularly Mozart, enhanced performance on cognitive tests. However, recent findings show that listening to any music that is personally perceived as enjoyable has positive effects on cognition.

Music improves memory performance

The power of music to affect memory is quite intriguing. Music, with 60 beats per minute, activates the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The simultaneous left and right brain action maximizes learning and retention of information. The information being studied activates the left brain while the music activates the right brain which causes the brain to be more capable of processing information.

Indeed, listening to music facilitates the recall of information. Researchers have shown that certain types of music are great “keys” for recalling memories. An experiment showed that the information learned while listening to a particular song can often be recalled simply by “playing” the songs mentally.

Have you ever studied while listening to music?

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