So it seems that listening to some favorite music commencing studies could help, even if silence is golden during the actual brainwork.
Despite the efforts of academia to persuade us that switching off the tunes will really help switch on our intellects, many students remain convinced that their headphones are an essential study tool.
However, psychologist Francis Rauscher, whose research on music and the brain inadvertently prompted the whole “play classical music to your unborn child” craze, says she still believes that the right connection between music and the brain can improve certain cognitive skills (like spatial intelligence) for a short time period (about 10 minutes).
She also says the most effective music will vary depending on the person.
The question of whether or not listening to music while studying can boost your performance remains hotly debated.
However, the bad news for those in the headphones-keep-my-brain-alive camp is that most of the recent research suggests silence is actually the best study setting.Are you one of those students who picks a playlist before even reaching for a book?Or do you find any kind of background noise – even your favorite band – distracting when trying to get down to studies?This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.Together, they cited information from 16 references.Do you prefer complete silence, or do your favorite tunes help you get into your mental study zone?Share your own anecdotal findings about music and the brain in the comments below.' To plug my own playlist, I've been making it since 2015 with the sole purpose of studying.Its a minimal house no vocal list with over 65 hours of tunes.The former editor of Top Universities.com, Laura oversaw the site's editorial content and student forums.She also edited the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributed to market research reports, including 'How Do Students Use Rankings?