In the series, I wrote about the human brain not the biological Grey matter, but why it is important to keep your mind active by reading and listening to quality material. Hint – Reading really interesting blogs help.
What do you think? Does it matter what you feed your mind, as long as it doesn’t starve?
Okay, so, first of all, let me start with the benefits of reading. A Mail Online article asks Can a good book help beat depression? in which Eleanor Harding quotes Debbie Hicks, the director of research at the Reading Agency, who says:
‘Reading is a really good stress-buster. It can help you escape to another world and get you out of your everyday life.’
Another article which quotes the Reading Agency is from the Independent which states that Reading improves relationships and reduces depression symptoms.
Now, let’s move on to music. In another Independent article How music could help you concentrate while studying. The studies are not really very conclusive so, Max Baker sums up the piece with:
‘…what a student can take from research is that using music to create an environment yourself is conducive towards the task that you wish to complete.’
Any other benefits? Kendall Deflin of Live fo Live Music think so and gives 10 Positive benefits of listening to music according to science.
I still think that quality matters in reading material when you are trying to improve your grammar and general English language skills. However, as the articles highlight, the music you choose determines the outcome you would like. So as always, don’t take my word for it, do your own research. You are the best person to decide what works best for you.