Wednesday, June 3, 2015

This passion project has made me learn a lot about music, but there is still a lot to learn.  It has presented me with challenges, yet there are still  more challenges to overcome.  The biggest task I need to overcome between now and June 10th to complete my passion project is to find out how music effects the rest of the aspects that I have researched.  Even though I need to finish that task, there have been some challenges I already have overcome.  The biggest challenge I've overcome, and most interesting thing I've learned, is how music helps you concentrate, even though it occupies so much of your mind.  When I first realized how much music impacted the human brain, I was excited to learn it yet confused about the answers to all of the questions this piece of information brought.  The biggest of these questions was how music helps people concentrate after learning about music's impact.  The answer, and most interesting fact learned so far, was that

Music vs. Concentration

For as long as I can remember, I was under the impression that listening to music helped me concentrate while doing work.  However, it really doesn't.  As surprising as it is, the reason why people listen to music while they do work is because it creates a positive mood for working.  As I thought before, because music occupies so much of the brain, it makes it hard for the brain to do high thought-level work.  But you may be asking how this is because it's so much easier for you to get your work done when listening to music.  Like I said, this is because of the mood music can create while doing work.  Most studies have shown that work can be done faster and more effectively when doing tedious work.  For me that means plugging in numbers to a geometry formula.  Music has also been shown to boost work productivity when working on creative work like art or writing creative literature.

This raises the question "what music is the best for doing work?"  Most studies show that classical music, or really any music without lyrics is best if you do insist on listening while you work.  However, these studies also suggest to keep what you'rel listening to familiar so you know what's coming up in the song and can be more focused on your work than the music.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Music's Effect on Memory

While researching on various effects music has on the brain and emotions, I stumbled across an amazing discovery and although it may have been known to a little more than a million people, it was a surprise to me.  So what is this amazing breakthrough in my research?  An experiment was done on Alzheimer patients to see what happened, the outcome may be surprising to you....

As you saw, the music brought Henry back to life, an inert, static man who was reanimated by the sounds of his past, the "beautiful, lovely" sounds.  So this brings up the question "how?"  How does music effect these otherwise lifeless Alzheimer's patients?  This will be my guiding question for next week's research as well as for the remainder of this week.  If this video amazed you like it did for me, I highly recommend checking out MusicandMemory.  A youtube account dealing with memory altering diseases and how music changes their symptoms.

Until next week, keep listening to music and comment on my first blog post so I know what you all want to see me research.  Thanks!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Music.  One word that can mean a lot to someone.  Music is my passion, it says everything that words can't describe.  But how?  Why?  When it's thought about, the one word can bring up many questions.  How does music speak to us?  How does music relieve stress?  How does it say what we can't?  And how does a certain type of music become someone's favorite?  All of these questions along with many others make music a whole new world to explore, an aspect of life never thought about for kids our age.  Comment a question about music that you would like to know the answer to.