If you're like most kids, you probably love to listen to music. What type of music do you like best? There's probably nothing quite like the uplifting feeling you get when your favorite song starts to play.

Where and when do you like to listen to music? Alone in your room? With a friend? Or while you're studying?

Yes, some kids like to listen to music while they study. But should they? Can music help you think or improve your memory? Or is it just a distraction?

Scientists have been interested in that question for a long time. Various studies have come up with different answers over the years.

For example, scientific studies show that babies respond to music before they're even born. Some scientists believe that exposing children to classical music at an early age can help their brains develop and make them smarter.

Music definitely can have physical effects on the body. Scientists have conducted studies that suggest music can help lower blood pressure and even relieve pain.

But what about jamming to your favorite tunes while you're trying to study for that big math, science, or social studies test? Can your favorite tunes help you remember stuff for the big exam?

Scientists who have studied the phenomenon have come to different conclusions over the years. In part, it may depend upon what type of music you listen to and what types of things you're studying.

For example, some scientists believe that music can help reading and speaking skills by improving the listener's ability to distinguish between sounds and better understand language patterns. So if you're studying for a language arts exam, maybe listening to music might help!

But what should you listen to? Classical music might be a good choice, as it can tend to calm the nerves and help you focus. On the other hand, listening to loud, raucous music that's distracting can have the opposite effect by keeping your mind preoccupied with the music rather than the subject matter at hand.

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