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How White Noise Helps In Studying and Focusing

Perhaps white noise can be something that can help you concentrate in whatever you're doing.

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First off, what is white noise? White noise is "random signal having equal intensity at different frequencies, giving it a constant power spectral density.". In music terms, it's a sound compiled from various random frequencies, and it sounds like static on the radio.

While that description doesn't make it sound appealing, actually listening to it while studying helps you focus in various ways. Here's some of them:

  1. It eliminates all other sounds, removing sound distractions

    Listening to white noise helps remove other sound distractions while simultaneously not being distracting in itself. Source

  2. It helps your memory

    A study by the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience found that listening to a certain type of white noise improved their memory. According to them, "white noise enhanced connectivity in between brain regions associated with modulating dopamine and attention".

  3. It helps you learn new words

    If you are learning new terms/vocabulary for any particular class, listening to white noise might help you in that regard. According to nature.com, "white noise has the capacity to enhance lexical acquisition", or the ability to learn new words in relation to its concept.


There are some caveats, however.

  1. It is much more likely to help those who are easily distracted

    There is an article by 
    Psychology Today that says that white noise is much only helpful for inattentive children, and even worsened performance for children who pay attention really well.

  2. It is much more likely to help non-introverts

    Onlineschoolscenter.com suggests that "introverts are generally unable to focus with background noise", performing worse on certain types of activities. This isn't true for all introverts, however, and is also not necessarily true in all situations. For instance, it might still be helpful in blocking out noise regardless of your social disposition.

Summary

The science hasn't quite reached a consensus on actual benefits of listening to white noise when it comes to focusing and concentration. However, many have suggested that it might have benefits.

Personally, I believe it varies from person to person. Why not give it a try?

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