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03 August 2010

Music distracts brain, affects concentration

Studying for an exam while listening to music is not smart, because background music can impair your ability to perform memory tasks, new research has found.

Studying for an exam while listening to music is not smart, because background music can impair your ability to perform memory tasks, new research has found.

The study

"The poorer performance of the music and changing-state sounds are due to the acoustical variation within those environments. This impairs the ability to recall the order of items, via rehearsal, within the presented list," explained lead researcher Nick Perham, a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, in a news release from the journal's publisher.

The findings

 
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