Unlocking the key to learning

29 June 2023

Professor Genevieve Dingle from UQ's School of Psychology spoke to 7 News Brisbane discussing research which has found listening to music while studying can be beneficial.

"We tested that idea of whether listening to music was good for study or perhaps detrimental," Professor Dingle said.

"In that research we had a large number of students and randomly allocated them to either listening to the music they would normally listen to while studying, a group that was listening to background café sounds and a group that had silence.

"We had them all do a standardised reading comprehension task with a number of multiple choice questions and what we found was that there was no difference between the three groups.

"So in fact listening to music was not detrimental to ability to read and understand material.

Watch the interview