Do you have a favorite song? One of those songs that as soon as you hear it, you have an immediate reaction. Your heart gets happy. You smile, Your toes might start tapping. You may even sing along. You remember who you were with and what you were doing when you heard it for the first time. Many of us have a deep personal connection to certain songs or certain types of music. Music can motivate us and pump us up. I remember when my daughter played volleyball. Before a big tournament, their coach would blast Eminem’s Lose Yourself to pump them up.
“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance and blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.”
Listening to the words and the beat motivated the girls. Every time I hear it, i get a vivid image of eight young girls storming the court ready to play.
Music is konwn to reduce blood pressure, improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and energize us. It can also positively impact our ability to learn concepts and helps with improved attention and memory.
This is due to the Mozart Effect.
The Mozart Effect proposes that listening to classical music, such as Mozart, can make you smarter. The term was first coined in 1993 by scientists at the University of California. They had one group of volunteers listen to a Mozart sonata for ten minutes, while another group listened to audios designed to relax and lower blood pressure for ten minutes. you can listen to the sonata in the video below.
The students who listened to Mozart had a significant increase in their spatial reasoning leading to the conclusion that classical music would increase brain function and help students retain more information and perform better on tests.
While not everyone likes the same type of music, and music doesn’t always affect everyone in the same way, it is true that some kinds of music boost concentration, memory and wake our brain.
A study conducted in the United States of college students listening to classical music while in class, studying, and during sleep proved that those students who used music performed better on exams than those who didn’t. This study finds that classical music could be a key element in helping students remember topics covered in their classes at school.
Another interesting study released by the Institute of Education demonstrated that children who listen to classical music have enhanced listening skills and an increased attention span at school. Parents who expose their children to classical music from an early age also produce children who appreciate a wide range of music later in life.
Even if you’re not a student, you can benefit from music. We can use music to enhance our memories at any stage of life. Music helps relieve the symptoms of anxiety and stress and can help ease dementia symptoms. When we listen to beautiful harmonies, our brains use the frequency following response to sync with the music. The BrainTap audio sessions in the BrainTap Pro App use 10Hz or ten cycle music, which triggers the same responses in our body as meditation. This puts our biology in a better space to learn new information. That’s one of the reasons BrainTap works so well to initiate changes we want to make in our lives. Learning and retaining new information–such as relaxation techniques or healthy eating habits–is easy and effortless when our brains are primed with the proper tools.
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