Music 's Influence On Music

1610 Words Dec 14th, 2014 7 Pages
Previous attention from scholarly articles and psychology journals have indicated that listening to classical music can heighten a person’s ability to learn and focus. This has prompted some teachers to start integrating the playing of classical music in their classrooms to raise the amount of information retained by their students and make their work more efficient. A study done at Stanford University indicated music heightens a person’s ability to learn because it “engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention” (2007). In contrast to that theory, a study from Applied Cognitive Psychology showed that listening to music while performing a simple task does not help cognitive performance (2010). With the multiple studies available to the general public on the topic of music and the ability to focus, it is hard to draw one, single conclusion as to which claim is correct. While both of the claims that music may or may not heighten a person’s ability to learn and focus may have evidence as support, there seems to be more sufficient evidence and credible studies that make the claim that music does indeed increase the ability to learn and focus.
People are always coming up with their own ideas and theories and ideas about how things should be perceived and understood. But, when a school as prestigious as Stanford University come out with a new study, it is often taken as a credible and believable source. In August of 2011, Stanford University decided to test how and…
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