Noise can make it hard to concentrate, and for many students at school or college there is no quiet place to work in their home. This simple free app developed by the Sound Agency delivers 45 minutes of scientifically designed productivity boosting sound that can mask ambient noise, help focus, improve cognition and reduce fatigue. It is not a substitute for ideal or near quiet study conditions however imagine a student at home in a semi-open plan living space;
trying to do their homework while another sibling is watching television and a parent is cooking and trying to coach through the various homework and student project tasks. This can be a common senario and while it is better for a student to be in a silent room this isolation is often not practical or realistic, so homework is often done in less than ideal environments.
With this type of senario in mind, the soundscape is custom designed to promote cognition combining natural sounds, especially birdsongs with a slow tempo and high frequency soothing musical sounds. The overall effect should be to elicit a body-relaxed, mind alert state which is focused and ready to concentrate.
Launched this year at Sound Education and aimed at raising awareness with students and parents about the value of a positive soundscape, the app can be downloaded for Apple devices.
Go to App Store and get the free app.