In his series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: listening to music while studying. This series seeks to redress that by taking a selection of studies and making sense of the important information for teachers, as we all seek to answer the question: how can we help our students do better at school? This time, we consider growth mindset. Many students do their homework and revision while listening to music.
Don’t Listen to Music While Studying
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Music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity. But does music itself help one to create? Music has a strange temporal permanence; as art decorates space, so does music decorate time. When a task is clearly defined and repetitive in nature, research suggests that music is consistently helpful. A series of experiments has investigated the relationship between the playing of background music during the performance of repetitive work and efficiency in performing such a task.
Listening to Music at Work is Distracting You, Whether You Realize It or Not
Deborah Brown , Staff Writer January 12, Many students listen to music when they are doing homework. Other students find it distracting to listen to music while they do homework.
I notice several students listening to music while busy at work. I have no good reason to ask that they remove their headphones and turn off their devices. As I walk around the room, I admire the elegant, concise prose each produces. I ask one student why music helps her concentrate. As a college student, I spent countless hours studying in a dark corner of the Brandeis University Library.