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  1. In different ways.

    It helps someone to remember (on the principle of “I remembered what was playing – I remembered the information”. one of the principles of mnemonics, by the way)

    It bothers someone. For example, for me. I have absolute hearing – that is, I can hear the notes. It is very difficult to assimilate information (read, for example), when in parallel with the text in your head you also pronounce each sounding note. This is not “cured”.

    And when working properly, choosing the right music (to suit the mood/so as not to distract/motivate/etc.) always helps.

  2. Well, personally, I don't. I often want to listen during many tasks. But unfortunately, it only bothers me, and every time I turn it on, I make sure of it again and turn it off. Of course, there are many people who are able to simply ignore or perceive two streams of information at once, but there are very few of them.

  3. Here is a good article on this topic.
    And my short retelling (not translation).

    Listening to Music While Studying

    Listening to music while studying

    Another study (more precisely, a literature review) on the topic-does music help us learn or hinder us?

    Most likely, pop music increases our arousal. And that's probably a good thing. But mu must take into account the Yerkes-Dodson law: an individual's level of arousal increases performance to an optimal level, beyond which excessive arousal leads to poorer performance.
    One of the variants of the “Mozart effect” probably works. Spatial intelligence is important when trying to understand abstract models in organic chemistry or understand complex economic graphs of supply and demand. Listening to music 10 to 15 minutes before solving tasks can lead to activation of certain areas of the brain that are involved in music interpretation in the prefrontal cortex, which is also associated with spatial cognitive processes.
    At the same time, it is considered (see links) that listening to popular music usually hinders the solution of complex tasks. Compared to instrumental music, vocal music can be called destructive. As human beings, social beings, we naturally listen to conversations.
    Calm, slow music reduces the level of stress in the body, lowers blood pressure. Indirectly affects (for the better) the process of concentrating on solving the problem.
    The type of music you listen to doesn't matter in principle. The main thing is whether you like the music or find it annoying. Music can be “academic”, rock, jazz – all the same.
    In general – listening to music during classes is most often a distraction. Another thing is that it can help you tune in to your studies.


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