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    Default The Effect of Music on Concentration

    I have noticed that if I study while listening to a song that has a heavy driving rhythm (i.e.: Metallica - For Whom The Bells Toll) I tend to concentrate better than If I were to listen to a song that has a light crisp rhythm (i.e: Rolling Stones - Honkey Tonk Women).

    Might there be any MBTI basis for this?

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    I tend to enjoy listening to classical music not when I'm trying to concentrate, but when I need creative stimulation. Classical music paints esoteric imagery in my head that stimulates me creatively and intellectually.

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    For some, music conjurs distinct changes in mood.

    Changes in mood can produce changes in neurochemical distribution.

    Neurochemical distribution can alter our ability to think analytically.

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    My dad recommended that I listen to classical music while I study. Unfortunately the few times that I did my mind wandered. But, I suppose a wandering mind is a creative mind, so I can definitely relate to your point.

    Edit: The apparent correlation between heavy music and my ability to study seems a bit contradictory.

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    Music can help me focus, because I find prolonged quietness to be uncomfortable. It's pleasing background noise.
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    That's a very interesting statement. Most people I know cannot concentrate when there is background noise.

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    When I listen to music, I cannot concentrate at all. I start to listen to the music and forget what I was supposed to do. I need total silence when I try to concentrate. I don't know if that is ENFP thing of just me. Probably just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alcearos View Post
    When I listen to music, I cannot concentrate at all. I start to listen to the music and forget what I was supposed to do. I need total silence when I try to concentrate. I don't know if that is ENFP thing of just me. Probably just me.
    Or perhaps not. Since extroverts are "wired to the external world" I suppose it is possible that they can be easily distracted by the "external world".

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    I usually study fairly well as long as music isn't too loud. Although rap music, which one teacher used to play in school for the kids, always slowed me down by about half... almost as if I were cringing and fighting every note because it seemed out of tune.

    If I listen to a song I know, which is usually pop or rock, it can result in more concentration. Listening to the theme played in a boss battle in FF6 has this effect most strongly, but can wear me out and make me hyper-alert in a way similar to having too much caffeine at once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alcearos View Post
    When I listen to music, I cannot concentrate at all. I start to listen to the music and forget what I was supposed to do. I need total silence when I try to concentrate. I don't know if that is ENFP thing of just me. Probably just me.
    No, not just you and not an ENFP thing. I have the same reaction you do. Music, especially loud music, commands my attention, can make it hard for me to read or hold a conversation.

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