So I'm not big on blaring death metal from a $20 boom box while doing Calculus problems or anything, but I'll often put some light classical music on in the background while studying, or the occasional rock and roll at a fairly low volume. My question is, how does this affect one's ability to effectively study? Some people are obviously more distracted than others -- I have friends who swear by playing music while studying and others who are the complete opposite. But regardless of what we think, does this actually benefit, adversely affect, or remain benign to our studying? I wonder if there has been any research on these questions. It is well known that the human brain cannot focus on more than one thing at a time: that is to say multitasking is a myth. It doesn't then seem to be a stretch to say music that has a lot of singing would be distracting from study. Supposing all forms of music are distracting and ultimately produce a less effective use of time studying when compared with silent studying, I would hardheadedly still listen to Mozart or the like while studying, so this really wouldn't persuade me to cut the music off anyway -- but I'm curious. What do you think?