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How Music Affects Learning

Ernest Hemingway said that he learned most of what he knows from listening. So when you’re trying hard to remember something new, you are probably writing it down, using retention techniques you’ve read about or simply repeating it until your mind absorbs it. Next time you are getting ready for a test try listening to music. Not only that your study time will be more fun, but studies showed you will be able to remember everything faster. Everything is easier when you’re having fun and same goes for learning. If you think this is just an assumption, feel free to test it. Lots of people play puzzle games as a way to improve their memory and cognitive power. Mastering titans and jigsaw puzzles are downloadable and you can play them on the computer. Start playing one or two in silence and then turn on your favorite playlist and try to solve the puzzles while under the influence. 9 times out of 10 you will solve them faster with music playing in the background. That’s why games have music actually, to engage your mind and put you in the mood for solving the imaginary quest.

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How music affects your brain

Your brain reacts very positively on different melodies, as long as what you hear is in fact melodic and good for your ear. Most of the researches have been made to prove the Mozart Effect, but any type of music will be advantageous, because at the end it’s all about personal preferences. The nucleus accumbens is a region in the brain that reacts selectively when your physical body is emotionally stimulated. This part is activated when you see a beautiful picture, eat something that reminds you of your childhood, have sex and when you listen to music. Once this region is active, dopamine is released and you will feel naturally high and motivated for performing great tasks. The auditory cortex is a brain region directly connected to listening and analyzing sounds. When you listen to a song, this region is the one that recognizes different sounds and their quality. Musicians have enhanced activation of the auditory cortex while anyone who is tone deaf has a little numbness in this brain region. The brain cells in the auditory cortex receive the notes and transfer them further in other brain regions, where they are connected with feelings, memories and past experiences. There was a medical case of a patient who suffered a stroke and couldn’t remember anything from his life after he was stabilized. His family played his favorite songs and he started getting his memories back by connecting the music with his life events and experiences. The brain is a powerful organ and it can be trained to learn anything anytime, and music will enrich its sensibility.

Use music to ease your mood

When you study, your brain can easily become overworked and tired, which often leads to headaches and pressure. With music you can distract your brain processes but not so much as to interrupt your studying focus. For the reason that, many brain parts are activated simultaneously, including your inner ear. The job of the inner year is to receive the vibrations that come from sounds and convert them into nerve impulses, which are then transferred to different parts of the brain. Musicians have developed this part of the ear effusively. Exercising your inner ear will improve your concentration, keep you focused and make you a great listener. Another part of the brain that is stimulated by sounds and frequencies is the hypothalamus. This major gland is mainly responsible for regulating the body’s temperature, but it’s also the boss that causes our nervous reactions and fatigue. The warm feeling you get when you are in love is also caused by the over-arousal of this gland and once you get that feeling, the happy hormones are lactating like crazy. You may not be able to feel like you're in love while you listen to music but your hypothalamus will be stimulated in the same way. The amygdala is the bridge that connects the hypothalamus with the thalamus. This bridge helps the brain process the information you absorb and create a long term memory of it. That’s why teenagers act like their idols, mentors, favorite parent or people they feel connected with, because this bridge is mostly developed during the teenage tears and at that time it starts to promote itself fully. As you can see, many brain regions are activated when you listen to sounds, which might sound debatable but it helps the brain balance its functions and achieve a state of equilibrium. After you concentrate on the learning task ahead, you won’t even notice the background music. The same thing happens when we watch movies. If you listen to a movie soundtrack list, you will see that you don’t recognize half of the themes, because they are there only to enhance the experience. The constant pulsating vibrations will be still processed by the brain, even when you stop noticing them.

Music and kids

If you are a teacher or maybe a concerned mother, you probably already know how music affects learning, improves kids IQ’s and helps them concentrate. But that is not true for every type of music and every child. 10 percent of your class will still find sounds irritating and disturbing during testing. Some people have difficulties concentrating and background music might only make things worse. If you still want to improve their brain powers you can introduce your MP3 player in every class, whether you are learning new or testing old material. That way, even the kids who concentrate better in absolute silence can adjust to your new teaching method. Learning with background music is more effective, but every new method takes time and it’s a question of habit. Encourage your students to play music while they are doing their homework as well, so that the implementation can flow better while they’re attending your class. If you are a language teacher, songs with lyrics are especially beneficial. That way your class can have fun, while learning to pronounce words correctly and remember them more easily. But if you have a math test coming up, music with vocals will confuse your students, the same way as if you are constantly talking to them while they are doing their exams. Recommend them to listen to their favorite singers or bands before they start studying. Listening to the melodies they like, will not only boost their mood, but also prepare their brain to receive the sounds that actually improve their focus. Even the kids, who find the music annoying, will learn the new lesson faster, because their inner ear will be already activated to process sounds. So make a studying playlist together, consisted of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus and then switch to purely instrumental musical pieces. Once they learn to concentrate, no one in the class room will notice the switch between different genres.

Different Frequencies

Studies have found that music physically alters the brain and improves its functions. The brains of musicians have more gray matter, especially in the auditory complex. In the average human being, with age this gray matter starts to decrease but not in the brains of musicians. So if you don’t have any time to learn to play a new instrument that’s ok because, listening will have the same effect. Our brains are made from millions of small neurons which communicate between themselves constantly via electricity. This electrical activity is called a brain wave by scientists and many studies have been made to see how the brain reacts to different sound frequencies. Lately, the most examined brainwave patterns are the gamma frequency, but we know more about the other four: alpha, beta, theta and delta. The balance between all of them is crucial, if not, you will start feeling sleepy or nervous. Fast, tactful and high pitch noises put our brain in the beta state. This is the most active state of brain awareness, when our concentration is in the peak mode. This is the best time to learn new things, exercise and work. Forcing your brain to stay in this state for too long will result in feeling of sickness and anxiety. The alpha frequency is a little more calm and relaxed. When our brains are in this mode, we are able to plan, solve problems and relax while we are still alert and focused. High levels of serotonin are produced while the brain is in this state and they can be increased with jazz music or oriental music tracks. The theta and delta states are induced when we are asleep or feeling sleepy. Daydreaming also happens when our brains are in these states, so avoid deeply relaxing music if you are trying to study. Meditating, prayers and relaxing also put our brain in these states, but you can also repeat the learned material, especially when your brain is in a theta state. If you are not sure which frequency your favorite music creates, many players have signal generators, where you can see the frequency range of the melody. Keep in mind that most songs might have higher pitches and low beats at the same time, but without sweating over details and specifications, keep experimenting until you find the music you feel most comfortable with.

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