Does listening to music while studying help learning?

It all depends on how predictable the sounds are, as Jared Cooney Horvath explains

Does listening to music while studying help pupils to recall information, asks Jared Cooney Horvath

The sight of earphones sprouting from students’ ears has become ubiquitous in schools around the world. Despite frequent pushback from teachers and parents, many students vehemently argue that music helps them focus, learn and remember. It turns out, they may not be entirely wrong.

The underlying concept to help make sense of the “music while studying” issue is called stochastic resonance. Put simply, stochastic resonance suggests that injecting noise into a system can actually enhance the function of that system.

As a simple example, take a look at image A below. I’m guessing you can make ...

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