Can you listen to vocalists and retain what you study at the same time?

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    Aug 28, 2013 7:43 AM GMT
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    Aug 28, 2013 12:55 PM GMT
    I usually study in silence myself.
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    Aug 28, 2013 1:29 PM GMT
    Only if I've heard the song a few times before.
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    Aug 28, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
    Generaleclectic saidOnly if I've heard the song a few times before.


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    Aug 28, 2013 4:48 PM GMT
    I remember reading an article in Psychology Today that said listening to lyrical music while studying reduces your ability to retain information. So I think if you're looking to be productive, you're better off with instrumental music.

    However, I do think that if you have it on a low volume and you're with a group of people that can help you stay focused, you probably won't be distracted as often. But I think that also depends on the group of people you're with.
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    Aug 28, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    go_dreaming saidI remember reading an article in Psychology Today that said listening to lyrical music while studying reduces your ability to retain information. So I think if you're looking to be productive, you're better off with instrumental music.

    However, I do think that if you have it on a low volume and you're with a group of people that can help you stay focused, you probably won't be distracted as often. But I think that also depends on the group of people you're with.


    Come to think of it, been so long since I tried, it may be a mix of the rhythm and artist because I am more apt to stop what I'm doing and dance when there's some tempo than a ballad.
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    Aug 28, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
    No.

    I can with instrumental music, especially classical.
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    Aug 28, 2013 9:25 PM GMT
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    Come to think of it, been so long since I tried, it may be a mix of the rhythm and artist because I am more apt to stop what I'm doing and dance when there's some tempo than a ballad.


    That can also be a distraction too. I know there have been times where a certain part of a song comes on and I just have to stop whatever I'm doing and take it in.
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    That's the only way I used to study is with ear phones in and music blaring. Even at work now if I'm trying to concentrate on something I got to get the old earphones out. Will listen to anything, helps me concentrate. Wouldn't wrote exams like that if they had allowed it
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  • killercliche

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    Sep 10, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    I use lyric music to not focus so much on a task at hand. If i just wanted some MUZAC in the background I would avoid vocals.
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    Sep 10, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    Realized that turning music up to drown out the oblivious twats I work with is costing me my hearing.

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  • somedaytoo

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    Sep 10, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    In college I always studied while listening to music that I didn't like. It kept the distractions at a distance yet I wasn't inclined to pay attention to the music.
  • Trauts

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    Sep 10, 2013 2:53 AM GMT
    When I study I need absolute silence or I wouldn't be able to concentrate on anything. I blame it on my self-diagnosed ADHD.
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    Sep 10, 2013 3:02 AM GMT
    If its music I've heard before, Its easy to start focused, it even gives me a little boost sometimes. Although doing basic homework and routine studying with music is fine. But if I had a big test I would fully concentrate on studying
  • LJay

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    Sep 10, 2013 3:06 AM GMT
    Neverhave been able to study with music. I tend to listen to classical music and if I try to study I find myself following themes in the music and drifting away from my studies.

    Have never been the best of students anyway. Found out way late that a lot of that may have been due to allergies providing constant distraction. Interesting.
  • poky_panda

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    Sep 10, 2013 3:07 AM GMT
    In the articles I have read and taken psychology courses it is possible, but you will not retain much information as just studying alone. In my case, it is hard to listen to music whenever I am studying. I listen to music before tests/exams to help calm me down since I have test anxiety. Does help in a way.
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    Sep 10, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    go_dreaming saidI remember reading an article in Psychology Today that said listening to lyrical music while studying reduces your ability to retain information. So I think if you're looking to be productive, you're better off with instrumental music.

    However, I do think that if you have it on a low volume and you're with a group of people that can help you stay focused, you probably won't be distracted as often. But I think that also depends on the group of people you're with.


    Why should listening to lyrical music be a problem? If it's in a language you don't understand, it should be no more distracting than instrumental music.
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    Sep 10, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    I listen to music when I read books just to keep other noises away. Which I began doing it recently.
    it's different to different people. Some like silent places, some like to study at home, some at open places, some while watching tv(my friend does that), etc. It just helps you to be in concentration .
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    Sep 11, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    Only with music in a language I don't understand. That's why I often listen to chinese or italian music when I study.
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    Sep 14, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    I always play videos on youtube of full soundtracks of movies or videogames. They can last from 1 to 4 hours, so that way I can count how much time I have been studying... although I don't usually finish them.