Why Students Listen to Background Music when Studying

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Laura Stambaugh


The purpose of this study was to understand college students’ use of background music when studying and their perceptions of why they may or may not use background music while studying. This is of interest since many college students do use music, but previous research has found conflicting results about if music offers any potential benefit on learning. We are anticipating up to two hundred participants from multiple majors. Data collection will be conducted using an online survey. Example questions include what type of studying do students do when listening to music, and why they choose to either use music or not. Results of the survey will allow us to see if Georgia Southern’s students perceptions of the benefits of listening to music while studying are consistent with previous literature. An expected unique finding from this study will be discriminating among different forms of studying, such as reviewing notes, reading for understanding, and studying for tests.

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