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The environment influences children's learning. Background noises such as those caused by cars, TV, adult voices chatting, etc. that we can listen to at home, at school or in any environment where children normally function makes it more difficult for children to concentrate.
However, we can see that there are children who when they do tasks in which they need to be concentrated, such as doing homework, they play music at full volume. So we ask ourselves the question: How can they study with so much noise? The answer in that there is a type of noise that improves children's concentration.
It may seem contradictory to think that children can concentrate much better on a task when they are doing two things at the same time, for example do homework and listen to music. But science tells us that it is possible.
And there are studies that affirm that when listening to music or certain types of noise, the brain secretes dopamine, something that improves mood and produces pleasure. This improves concentration and, thus, so does school performance.
We have to bear in mind that not just any type of music is valid. A simple repetitive noise will not help by being boring. Complex rhythms won't work either. The key will be to find a midpoint, that is, rhythms that are neither very predictable nor very chaotic.
If children use headphones when listening to this type of music and noise, they will find another advantage, which will be to protect themselves from other environmental distractions. It does it in the following way: the brain has two systems of attention:
- Aware. This system is the one that children can control.
- Unconscious. This system is the one that acts on its own. It doesn't close while the little one is doing a task, so the softest noise like a fly can break his concentration.
The personality of each child is relevant so we can say that there is no clear pattern of rhythms and each child personally chooses the type of music that helps them. Following this advice, we must also note that:
- A noise for every task. Just as each task or activity has its peculiarities, the noises that are heard when doing them will also have them and will be different. For example, if the task is mechanical and repetitive, fast paces will be better to maintain motivation. Otherwise, the rhythms will be more relaxed.
- No lyrics may be better. If the child chooses to listen to music while doing a task, it will be better to do it using genres such as classical music, because if the song has lyrics and they know it, it is deconcentrated and will be counterproductive.
- Be careful with the volume. It should not be too high, as it can end up deconcentrating the little one.
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