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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Music and Learning
Numerous studies on adult learning conclude that music has positive effects in the workplace and is conducive to learning, according to a story in ASTD’s T+D magazine. Background music reduces on-thejob accidents, boosts worker production, and makes people more receptive to learning. According to cognitive studies expert Pierce Howard, a fast beat encourages learning by cooling the brain and stimulating a better mood. While fast music pick people up, slower beats in a minor key warm the brain, making it more alert. Music aids memorization by appealing to both the analytical and emotional sides of the brain. When those regions are simultaneously engaged, more brainpower is focused on the lesson. Music also enhances creativity and encourages sudden insights and inspirations, making it appropriate for
brainstorming sessions.


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