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University research in France has recently found that listening to classical music while studying can actually help students score higher on tests.
Research published in Learning and Individual Difference found that students who listened to a one-hour lecture where classical music was played in the background scored significantly higher in a quiz on the lecture when compared to a similar group of students who heard the lecture with no music. Researchers speculate that the music puts students in a heightened emotional state, which makes them more receptive to information
“It is possible that music, provoking a change in the learning environment, influenced the students’ motivation to remain focused during the lecture, which led to better performance on the multiple-choice quiz,” they wrote.
This is not the first study to zero in on this phenomenon. A number of academic studies show that listening to classical music benefits the brain, sleep patterns and…