Glog from US Mar 07 2016

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Glog from US Mar 07 2016

Does Music Affect Students' Math Performance?By: Curtis Taylor

The prefrontal cortex is one of the many important parts of our brain. The prefrontal cortex is one of the last parts of the brain to develop as a human ages. Many males will not have a completely developled prefrontal cortex until the age of 25! This part of the brain is responsible for many aspects stemming from decision making, how focused you are, how long you can pay attention, and concentration on goals. It's also known as the seat of good judgment. Because of the amazing function that the prefrontal cortex holds, it allows us to enjoy music in various ways. It allows one to be able to have preferences to particular music of choice. It is very helpful in learning how to play an instrument or writing music.

Prefrontal Cortex


Creating the Test, Answer Key, and Instructions1. Choose 20 math problems out of a sixth grade math book (or from online) 2. Type math problems on a blank sheet of paper. Create 2 versions of this test changing only one digit of each number. 3. Create an answer key for each version. 4. Photocopy 25 of each test version 5. Write out the instructions to read to each group of students Putting Subjects into Groups Fairly6. Put all of the names of boys into one pile and all the names of girls into another pile. 7. Randomly put an equal number of boys into Group A, Group B, and Group C. 8. Randomly put an equal number of girls into Group A, Group B, and Group C. 9. Try to make sure each group has the same total number Conducting the Tests 10. Schedule an empty schoolroom that will seat students. 11. Bring subjects to room and have them sit at a desk with plenty of separation. 12. Read instructions to students. Then hand out tests and pencils. 13. Depending on the group play the appropriate music or no music. (See daily testing schedule.) 14. Tell students to start 15. Give kids 15 minutes to get as many math problems as they can done 16. Collect all papers 17. Dismiss kids 18. Repeat steps 10-17 with the next group of students, following the daily testing schedule. 19. Correct all papers 20. Record scores 21. On the next test day, repeat steps 10 - 20 following the test schedules for those days.

Based on our results, we found that many of our test participants performed better without music when taking their math test, and fast music came in second for performance.

Analysis of Results


If a student listens to music during a math test, then he/she will perform better than those who do not.



In conclusion, our hypothesis was not supported. Although our hypothesis was not supported it allowed us to ask ourselves several question, could the test have been to hard for students or too easy? or was the music not to the liking of the test paricipants?"



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