Does Music Harm or Help You When Studying?

By: Monica Dentino and Addison Baele

We are testing to see how music affects studying. We had four groups study, each group had either country, classical, today's hits, or no music, and after studying, we had them take a test. We have graded the tests and recorded the data.

Purpose: We decided to do this topic to help or better our studying habits. We both study with music and we want to know if it is beneficial to listen to music or not while studying.

3X Background:

"Should You Listen to Music While Studying?" [[#|University of Phoenix]]. University of Phoenix, 09 Aug. 2011. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <

According to this article when you study with music you are activating the left part of the brain, and then when you are storing the information you are studying it activates the right side of the brain allowing the whole brain for use to contain the information. "Music, especially classical music, heightened arousal and mood, as it reduced [[#|blood pressure]], heartbeat and stress" (Should you listen to music while studying?)

Baker, Mitzi. "Music Moves Brain to Pay Attention, Stanford Study Finds." Stanford Medicine. Stanford [[#|School of Medicine]], 1 Aug. 2007. Web. 29 Nov. 2012.

Our next article is from Stanford University School of Medicine. In this article we see the effects of music to the brain.
“These transitions between musical movements offer an ideal setting to study the dynamically changing landscape of activity in the brain during this segmentation process.”
(Baker.) When you are studying with music the atmosphere around you changes and not feeling like your studying at all but still being able to retain the information. You start to feel relaxed and out of pressure.

[[#|Landau]], Elizabeth. "Music May Harm Your Studying, Study Says." Cable News Network, 27 July 2010. Web. 27 Nov. 2012.

The last report we found was on CNN Health and was an article going against studying while listening to Music. They said that when trying to memorize a list or sequence it was a distraction to listen to music. If you are listening to music that you like or a certain beat or tone you may get off topic.

Our plan is for this Experiment is to:

Let each group study for 15 minutes the have the take a 30 question general knowledge quiz. We will use a group of evenly mixed boys and girls in the freshman class at WCHS.

One Group of 10 people listening to today's pop hits while studying.
(5 boys and 5 girls)

One Group of 10 people listening to music with lyrics (rap) while studying.
(5 boys and 5 girls)

Another Group of 10 people listening to music without lyrics (Classical) while studying:
(5 boys and 5 girls)

Another Group of 20 people listening to no music at all while studying:
(5 boys and 5 girls)

--Then we score the tests and use the results from the test and see which group scores higher on the quiz.
We then make a graph of the results and analyse the graph.

Based on our research we believe that listening to music while studying will help you retain information more effectively.

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Hypothesis: If you are listening to music that is classical with no lyrics you will therefore retain information and be able to use it on a test.

No Music
Today's Hits

Blue= Classical
Red= Country
Yellow= No Music
Green= Today's Hits

Conclusion: In conclusion, we observed that our not listening to any music produced the best test scores. Our hypothesis that if you are listening to classical music without lyrics you will retain the most information to use on the test did not, in fact, prove to be true.

Limitations: We did not have the exact type of people, so smarter people might have been in one group and less intelligent people could be in another.There were other distractions that were going on in the testing room at times.
Are you going to compare any other music types? Emily Kastl
How are you going to choose people that have similar intelligence levels so you have accurate results? Tia Sherman

How old are the people? Attention spans can vary depending on age (Kaylinn Tessendorf)
Are you going to repeat the test with a different set of people to reduce error? (Lena Sander)
What kind of music are they going to listen to? (Morgan Gabbert)
Are the people in each group going to be males, females, or will it be evenly mixed? (Jessica Tilton)
Is it possible that the music could make them study faster?(Ryder Punke)