Brain Tip of the Week: Listen to Music

superheroyou Brain Tip of the Week- Listen to Music

We’ve all been there: an old song comes up on the car radio and you’re instantly transported to a different time in your life. Maybe it’s 5 years ago – or maybe even 5 decades. But the minute you hear this song, it takes you back.

Why is this? Because music anchors learning and memory.

Think about it! You might not remember anything from 10th grade math class, but you probably still remember the lyrics to your favorite song from that year. And if I asked you to name the 12th letter of the alphabet, you’d likely immediately begin singing the ABCs.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to listen to music.

But what music is best for helping you learn and remember? Research has found that classical music from the Baroque period is your best bet. This includes composers like Vivaldi and Bach.

Specifically, you want a piece that’s 60 beats per minute. Your resting heart rate is about 60BPM. So a song that’s at this same tempo essentially harmonizes with your body, sending your brain into an alpha state of relaxed awareness – which is a great state to learn and memorize in.

So this week, pick a Baroque song at 60BPM and listen to it as you study or prep for that meeting! Better yet, think of other ways you can incorporate musical elements into your learning process. You might want to learn to play an instrument. And how can you use harmony, rhythm and rhyme to learn more kwikly?

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

We’ve all been there: an old song comes up on the car radio and you’re instantly transported to a different time in your life. Maybe it’s 5 years ago – or maybe even 5 decades. But the minute you hear this song, it takes you back.

Why is this? Because music anchors learning and memory.

Think about it! You might not remember anything from 10th grade math class, but you probably still remember the lyrics to your favorite song from that year. And if I asked you to name the 12th letter of the alphabet, you’d likely immediately begin singing the ABCs.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to listen to music.

But what music is best for helping you learn and remember? Research has found that classical music from the Baroque period is your best bet. This includes composers like Vivaldi and Bach.

Specifically, you want a piece that’s 60 beats per minute. Your resting heart rate is about 60BPM. So a song that’s at this same tempo essentially harmonizes with your body, sending your brain into an alpha state of relaxed awareness – which is a great state to learn and memorize in.

So this week, pick a Baroque song at 60BPM and listen to it as you study or prep for that meeting! Better yet, think of other ways you can incorporate musical elements into your learning process. You might want to learn to play an instrument. And how can you use harmony, rhythm and rhyme to learn more kwikly?

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

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