Mark Henderson answered
Yes, listening to music has been proven to enhance a persons ability to memorize facts. Music has also been found to aid relaxation and alleviate stress and depression. Dementia and Alzheimer sufferers have benefited from listening to pieces of music because it can increase their abilities to memorize.
However studies have proven that listening to any from of music that induces memory recall may in fact harm your levels of concentration and ability to memorize facts. Pop songs and your favourite tracks will almost certainly have a detrimental effect on your memory retention.
- Music has been proven to help memorize facts.
- It can also help to relax a person.
- Music can reduce stress and depression.
- Dementia patients have benefited from listening to music.
- Pop songs will not help your ability to memorize information.
- Your favourite songs will also have a negative effect, as these will cause memory recall.
Classical music has been proven to aid a person's ability to memorize information. This is in contrast to pop music which has a negative effect. A pop song's repetitive hooks and catchy choruses increase memory recall and thus diminish your concentration - whereas classical music pieces are generally longer and less repetitive, and also seem to stimulate your brain's memory functions easier.