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Everyone has different ways of learning. There are those who need a quiet atmosphere while studying, but there are also those who listen to music while learning because they feel more able to concentrate.
Is it true that learning while listening to music is indeed more effective? If so, athe one that makes music can bring a sharpening effect to the thinking function of the moderate brainmumet? Is it from the melodious voice of the singer, the melody of the result of the composer's cold hand, or is it from the music genre itself?Check out the full review below.
Learning is a stressful activity
Learning activities are often associated with stress. Unconsciously, the body will respond to stress by producing various stress hormones, such as adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine. This increase in stress hormones in the body makes your heart rate increase so you feel nervous, breathing also becomes faster and shorter, your body muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, it's easy to worry, so it's hard to think clearly. Familiar isn't it, with this "side effect" learning? Especially if it is done with a credit system, the system alias lasts overnight.
Well, listening to music can help relieve stress arising from learning so you can focus more on understanding the contents of the text that must be learned or memorized.
Listening to music while learning to improve memory
The music we hear begins with the vibration of the sound waves that go into the eardrum and are passed on to the inner ear. In the inner ear, the sound waves are captured by hair cells inside the cochlea to be converted into electrical signals. Only then will the sound signal be delivered by the nerve fibers of the ear to the brain to be processed into an electrical signal and translated into the sound you hear.
Do not stop there. At the same time, the electrical signal then spread to various parts of the brain. First, this electrical signal comes to the temporal part of the brain that works to process data to understand language (so you understand what the lyrics of the song mean) and regulate emotions.
This electrical signal also flows to the hypothalamus brain, the place of hormone production as well as regulating blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature. When responding to these electrical signals, the hypothalamus immediately works to improve the happy mood of dopamine while lowering the hormone cortisol. That's why all kinds of stress symptoms that accompany you while studying can gradually subside as long as you listen to music. A study even mentions that the release of dopamine can trigger the brain to activate award receptors in the brain that can increase your motivation to learn.
Reporting from University Health News, the nerves of the brain become more active when you listen to music. Because the electrical signal can simultaneously stimulate the relationship between the two sides of the brain (left and right) and activate the brain area associated with emotional, cognitive, and memory processes. In short, listening to music while learning can improve moods and be associated with increased brain cognitive abilities, especially memory.
A study showed that participants who were asked to study while listening to music showed superior academic performance than the group of students who were asked to study in noisy rooms. Although these two conditions are equally noisy, learning while listening to music is proven to make the brain focus more on one task while blocking noise from the surroundings which is not at all related to you or your work.
What kind of music is suitable for listening to while studying?
Mozart's classical music is still the most powerful music genre to improve brain intelligence. In fact it's not always the case, you know! No research has really proven it for sure. The proven theory is only limited to the sound of music that is more stable with a volume that is not too loud, regardless of the genre.
But according to Chris Brewer, author of the bookSoundtracks for Learning, the benefits of listening to music will be more effective if the music genre is adjusted to the activities carried out. Take for example, music that contains positive lyrics is suitable to motivate learning and trigger enthusiasm when the body is tired. While slow tempo music is more suitable for focusing the mind to stay focused because it gives a more calming effect.