What is the Best Type of Music for Concentrating While Working and Studying?
Posted by Elebra on 6/14/2012
There are many studies and debates over the validity of background music as a tool for work and study. After doing research for this article, we found there are multiple schools of thought.
The very first thing we can say is that the majority of scientists accept that there are a few factors at work in this scenario:
• What TYPE of music is being played?
• What kind of PERSONALITY does the listener have?
• How FAMILIAR is the music?
Here's how the scientists and analysts view the issue. When the music being played is familiar to the listener, there is a strong risk of the brain being torn between focusing on the work/study material and tuning into the familiar song. On the other hand, there is the possibility that certain kinds of music might help to embed information.
What has been discovered is that music with a "repeating structure" is far more likely to help someone memorize information when it is listened to repeatedly during study time. What is the most common type of music with a repeating structure? Classical. These studies found classical music familiar to the listener could actually help him with memorization and study.
Now, the third element of the equations is the listener’s personality type. Many studies have determined that people with an "introverted" personality are far more stimulated in their frontal cortex (the rational part of the brain) than people who are "extroverted". This means many people who are introverted will find music to be too distracting for them to concentrate because it is just too stimulating.
Interestingly enough, some studies even found that introverts have a higher amount of blood flow to the temporal lobe of their brain. This paints a very interesting scenario, and one that is still being explored. It implies that some personality types are never going to work well with anything except silence.
One final point that some studies emphasize is for someone who truly wants to use music in the background can work to find recordings of "binaural beats" that impact the frequencies of the brain and allow the listener to enjoy a sense of relaxation that is going to be conducive to his studies. This is something believed to work on any personality type. So perhaps classical music partnered with binaural beats will work wonders for those trying to enhance concentration.
Of course, I should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical or any other type of advice. Because everyone is different, you should work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you.