Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Music and Optimism in the Classroom

As a follow-up post from the ones showing off our SLATT participants' impressive classroom diagrams, here's one about how listening to music in the class can increase optimism.

Elona Hartjes shares some research she found which showed that:

"Music with a prominent beat stimulates an increased arousal in students which overrides the effect of environmental distractors…repetitive beat produces a reduction in muscle tension, thus reducing hyperactivity… (there was) significant reduction in distractability among students after being exposed to music. Short term memory was also beneficially affected by having to listened to music."

Read the full article.

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