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How Does Music Affect Memory

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victor trujillo

on 6 January 2015

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How Does Music Affect Memory
The memory in the brain is a wonderful thing. it has multiple levels that can be influenced by loops of the same thought over and over. The brain creates memories by sensing and recording.Different tempos and styles of music may affect the ability of the brain to recall a series of numbers. This is what we plan to find out in our study. It has been shown in previous studies that music can aid in recall of students; there have also been a couple of studies showing music has no effect on the ability to recall information. Different tempos of music tend to affect the brain in different ways regarding memory; a tempo at about 60 beats per minute has been shown to be the optimum tempo for recalling information. We learned how to perfect our study by reading multiple sources, and we now feel we have a study that is ready to be tested.
The experiment was designed to test how people’s memory change while listening to different types of music. The results show the people listening to soul music did better on a memory test, and people listening to classical and pop music did the worst on a memory test. The average test score for classical and pop music was 37.6. The average score for jazz music was 37.8. The average for the rock music was 39.8. The average for rap music was 47.3. The average for the soul music was 55.8.
it is hypothesized that the tests people
take while listening to classical music
will have better scores then the test people took while listening to music with lyrics.
When people or objects distracting test subjects from test, running out of time and having to cut the test short.
In this experimet the test subjects will utalize a classroom, a laptop, a piece of paper, a stopwatch. The room will have to be carried out in a secluded area so the test subjects won't be bothered.
Project Rationale
To test the effect of music on memory and whether or not listening to music affects the ability of a person to concentrate on a simple task.
Research Questions
* can listening to music while studying affect test results?
*why do we remember song lyrics better than we remember written poems?
*what are the practical applications of music in learning and education
Recruit ten different people to be test takers.Create a list of 30 randomly chosen words in random order.
Randomly divide the volunteers into two equal groups.
Have Group I study the list for 15 minutes in a quiet room, while listening to instrumental (classical) background music, played at low volume.
Group II studies the list for 15 minutes in a quiet room without background music.
Give each volunteer 10 minutes to write as many list items as he/she can remember.
Compare results from both groups of volunteers.
Carefully record all observations.


Future studies
*How does music affect your mood?
*How does music affect your emotions?

Playing classical music helps concentrate more since it does not have lyrics
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