All I want for Christmas is ____. There is no doubt that all of you readers either sang aloud or thought to yourself “you” Songs have the profound effect of generating memories or nostalgia. Mariah Carey’s hit Christmas single is extremely famous and when people hear this on the radio or in a cafe, they can’t help but imagine a snowy winter day with the fireplace burning and a smooth hot chocolate in hand. One may think that this is just some random side effects that great songs hold. However, it has been proven that there is actually a science behind this sensation. Music, in fact, has many correlations with the brain and its various functions. Whether it is the Mozart effect or its role in treating Alzheimer’s patients, music has been the subject of various different neurological experiments.
My sister always had the habit of listening to music whilst studying and eventually I joined her as she turned on Taylor Swift or Mumford & Sons, studying aside her while we bobbed our heads up and down together. This is very common amongst many students at KIS, as a simple glance at the library during autonomous block can tell you. Many enraptured students can be found with earphones while taking notes or solving equations. However, the question is: is there a correlation between listening to music and effective studying? A phenomena known as the Mozart effect proves that listening to Mozart’s music actually induces a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as spatial-temporal movement. Additionally, in a book written by Don Campbell, The Mozart Effect, the scientist proved that listening to Mozart temporarily boosted one’s score on one portion of the IQ test. So maybe listening to Ed Sheeran’s new single while cramming for an AP test won’t give you the results you seek, but perhaps hitting up some Mozart playlists on youtube will assist you!
The Notebook is a movie that many girls and many more (although perhaps unwilling to admit) boys enjoyed that came out in 2004. Heartthrob Ryan Gosling and beauty Rachel McAdams reduced many viewers to tears as they depicted a young couple that fought through hardship for their love. The ending scene shows Allie (McAdams) as an elderly senior who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and reveals that the whole movie was actually Noah (Gosling) describing their relationship to Allie. What if I told you that this heartbreaking scene could have been avoided if Allie was treated with some musical therapy? Well, this is partially accurate and could be possible. Recent research has shone light on how music can be used to treat Alzheimer patients. According to Music and Memory, a non-profit organization that works to provide elderly with the access to music, there has been a case where one of their patients suffering from Alzheimer was reawakened to an old song that he used to listen to. This story was produced into a movie Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory. The movie gained immense popularity and provided great support for the organization.
The next time you’re shuffling through your phone to turn on your guilty pleasure song, stop for a moment and try to appreciate the various positive effects music can bring to your life. Include some Mozart to your playlist to enhance your studying and introduce some music to your grandparents that they may have listened to when they were younger!