Monday, March 19, 2018
This study is a few years old, from 2014, but I only just learned of it from U.K. based ed tech blogger Donald Clark. The researchers found that studying in silence worked best in terms of comprehension compared to studying while listening to music without lyrics as well as listening to music that contains lyrics. However, the latter had the most deleterious effect on reading comprehension according to this small sample study involving 30 participants.
p.s. links to Clark's post on listening to music while studying now corrected - thanks!