Music

While some simply prefer to study in silence, which is fine, others find it beneficial to listen to some kind of audio as they learn. Music can, as we all know, induce feelings. These feelings can potentially make you more up for the task in hand. Your perfect accompanying music/audio can even help induce a flow state (HuffPost πŸ——), which can be used to improve your physical or mental performance.

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If you're studying new information, you may opt for a chilled out study playlist (YouTube) πŸ——. If, on the other hand, you need to get the heart pumping a bit faster, you can choose music which has a higher tempo (YouTube) πŸ——.

Overall, listening to your favourite songs is more of a personal preference as opposed to being scientifically proven to improve performance. However, it can definitely make you feel more up for a task, or make the task more enjoyable at least, which are definitely both a good thing.

Binaural beats

Unlike typical “songs”, binaural beats (Mindvalley) πŸ—— are audio tracks which have been scientifically proven to increase performance, either mental or physical, when used correctly. In short, we all have things called “brain waves”, which are emitted in certain patterns by electrical neurons in your brain. It’s crazy stuff, and us humans have categorized the different types of brainwaves and the effects they have on the human body. Binaural beats can be used to literally change the listeners’ brainwave state for different results.
A study (NCBI πŸ——) showed that people can experience enhanced attention to specific visual details after just
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Another study (NCBI πŸ——) showed that people can experience improved and sustained attention and vigilance after
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