Can Music affect Concentration?
Many of us mothers have been nagging our teenagers to turn off their music while they are studying. We presume that they are not concentrating.
So the million dollar question……Does music affect concentration while doing tasks?
That question has been the focus of studies and articles, to answer the question, and also investigate which type of music could improve the performance during a task.
Research carried out in the area of the brain has been immense.
Scientists are pushing to understand human behavior and increase the ability to help those who have suffered brain injuries.
There is no doubt that music affects concentration and is also very powerful.
It has the potential to develop deep emotions and bring out different aspects of people’s personalities. Music is also a common link between cultures and is also cross-cultural.
Many of the composers today use cultural influences to evoke certain responses in those listening..
Research has shown that people who study music at an early stage in their lives have higher GPA’s and are higher achievers than those who had no involvement in music. So keep those piano lessons going!
This research also included information from three top academic countries in the world who have a high emphasis on music in their cultures and also their schools.
This has got implications for the school system in other countries where student’s scores are not as high.
Studies have also been conducted to find the relationship between music and our mood.
In one research study, music was played in a gym during a workout.
The researchers investigated the mood of the subjects immediately following their workout. The results revealed that listening to uplifting music did actually manipulate the mind causing the subjects to be more supportive while those subjects who listened to annoying music were short-tempered and unhelpful.
Music that was played in a women’s fashion store showed researchers that music affected the customer’s perception of service quality and therefore the return customer visits.
In another study researchers found that employee efficiency is lowest when people are not listening to music. Employees in fact produced more high quality work while listening to music and also finished their tasks faster.
This leads further support to the theory that music affects concentration in the listener.
In 2002 a study demonstrated that the type of music was important to the impact it had on efficiency. Researchers played grunge rock for their subjects and discovered that it evoked feelings of hostility while reducing mental clarity and motivation. (1)
We know intuitively that music is never neutral it will have a negative or positive effect on our attitude and our personality.
In an article in 1995 researchers confirmed this knowledge.
The final results from the studies and research that has been ongoing is that music does affect concentration; it has an impact on our behavior; certain music has a negative impact while others have a positive impact; and students who study with positive music are more giving and helpful.
Research has also shown that music has a positive impact on the study habits of children.
So mothers who are concerned about their kids and those MP3 players …… worry no more Your concern should be what music is playing in the MP3?
(1) Alternative Therapies: The Effects of Different Types of Music on Mood, Tension and Mental Clarity
University of South Wales: The Effect of Music on Perceived Atmosphere and Purchase Intentions in a Restaurant
Johns Hopkins: Music and Learning: Integrating Music int he Classroom
Chapel Hill: The Effect of Music-Listening on the Enjoyment of Physical Activity Experience
University of New Mexico: The Effects of Music on Exercise