• Nitten Gokhaley

Harvard's researchers punctured Spotify funded study conclusion

Updated: Jan 6

Almost everyone is aware of the incredible powers of music. Some tunes can change the listener's mood in just a few seconds. But, did you know that a Spotify funded study took the argument a step ahead and claimed songs could influence a person's learning capabilities? Here're details for research work that link music with learning abilities and how Harvard's researchers punctured the claim.

Spotify's study about the influence of music on learning

Britain based clinical physiologist Dr. Emma Gray believes that individuals can improve their concentration and stimulate learning with music. Dr. Gray interacted with journalists during an event organized by the musical streaming service provider-Spotify back then. She shared her opinion about how musical notes can influence an individual's behavior.

Dr. Emma Gray also highlighted the findings of research conducted by Online College (onlinecollege.org). Their study was regarding music's influence on learning. Its results pointed out that individuals suffering from high-anxiety scored 12 percent more in math since they started listening to classical songs daily. Classical tunes can help solve math problems by triggering spatial-temporal reasoning in the left side of the brain.

Gray claimed, listening to songs that offer 50 to 80 beats every minute can help an individual calm his/her mind down and promote logical thought that helps in learning and remembering new things. On the other hand, an individual's creative performance can be enhanced with pop and rock songs that trigger a state of excitement. These songs can promote creativity and original thoughts necessary while studying art, drama, or any branch of English.

Spotify funded study did attract a lot of attention, but music's influence on behavior and learning was first highlighted by the University of California's researchers in 1993. Authors Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher's study paper revealed that Mozart music could help individuals perform tasks better.

Harvard's researchers claim that music does not influence learning abilities of kids

Research conducted by Harvard's researchers in 2013- 2014 made it in headlines, as their experts pointed out that music cannot improve children's studying capabilities. Samuel Mehr conducted the study along with a team of experts. Unfortunately, researchers failed to find any statistically significant results to prove their influence on children's cognitive abilities.

These young researchers immediately interacted with reporters after releasing their research work. They highlighted the importance of music and justified teaching music lessons to children. At the same time, they stressed the point that music might not help improve learning abilities.

Perhaps, more research might be needed to understand the connection between musical notes and learning. But no one can deny the fact that certain songs do manage to offer peace of mind.