Dubstep For Doing Homework

I’ve got a pair of headphones on, listening to an electronic, 8-bit inspired soundtrack to the indie game, Dustforce. Most students are similar, they’re jacked in with white plastic cables running from their ears to their iPhones or laptops during long commutes, or even longer late night study sessions. According to some researchers, blasting Beethoven can be beneficial to our concentration. You’ve heard of the Mozart Effect right? But more on that later. For now, let’s do a little experiment.

Go ahead, hit play below and continue reading.

“Pieces Form the Whole” by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor

According to a CNN report last year, a study by Daniel Levitin at McGill University showed that those who listened to music before a surgery had less anxiety than those who took anti-anxiety pills. Scientists measured the anxiety by examining the stress hormone, cortisol.

There’s less stress for the individuals who listened to music because music, at its core, is pleasurable, and releases dopamine. Dopamine makes us feel good and when we feel good, we’re able to do our best work. Those who believe music is beneficial while studying will argue for the Mozart Effect, a belief that listening to classical arrangements helps us focus. But in terms of study music, what is it about classical that makes it better than the Top 40?


Listening to lyrical music while reading or writing can hinder your ability to do so because the side of your brain that is in charge of these processes are overloaded by the words of the artist. USA Today reported that carefully tailoring your study music to what you’re doing can help students stay focused.

Does listening to music before an exam improve test scores? The verdict is still up in the air. The amount of research done at this point has proven it could go either way and it’s really up to the individual.

For me, I can’t have words in my music or else I’d be helplessly distracted. Upon hearing words my brain automatically wants to analyze and interpret the meanings but with lyric-less music I don’t have to worry about that. Some of my favorite study tunes are piano-rich and orchestral. Lately however, I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental and electronic tracks that feature synthesizers. I’ve also found film and video game sound tracks to be some of the best to write with.

Did you read this article with the music playing? Did you feel distracted? If you liked the music in this post be sure to click on their links and if you felt distracted with the music, let us know in the comments.

You can also check out some of my study tracks below.

“Cider Time” by Lifeformed“Misanthrope” by Brian Altano



Быть может, уже поздно. Я сожалею о Дэвиде Беккере. Она изучала записку.

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