Explicit Lyrics and The Cognitive Essay

Essay by ojwanambwa1College, UndergraduateB+, November 2014

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  • Introduction
  • Music defined by the dictionary (1989)
  • Thesis: Music can have long lasting effects on the cognition of adolescents.
  • First point: Understanding Cognition'
  • What is "cognition?" Defined
  • How is this affected?
  • Babies are smart, but does this increase throughout development?
  • Second point: Understanding the mind
  • What parts of the brain are affected by the music we listen to?
  • Does this last through adulthood? If so, how does that happen?
  • How can we prevent overexposure to this particular problem?
  • Third point: Increasing risky behaviors in adolescents
  • How many girls are affected?
  • How many boys are affected?
  • Is this, too, preventable? If so, how can this be prevented?
  • How can parents be more proactive in their teen's lives?
  • Conclusion

Explicit Lyrics and the Cognitive Effects upon Adolescents

(Wanambwa, O'Shea)


The topic of this paper is the effects on the brain development of adolescents in this current age, including the impressions made by music and advertising.

"Why does this matter?" "Can it be cured if this really is a problem in society?" "Does it have long lasting effects on the mind of a child?" The data collected reflects that there are no long lasting effects on the child's mind. This includes the "Mozart makes babies smarter" theory. Through the data collected over the past ten years, mostly from longitudinal studies, there has been an increase of provocative nature in girls and boys from the music. While this does not disturb their frontal lobe, this distorts their amygdala and the choices they make on a daily basis. Longitudinal studies and comparisons in statistics have changed over the decade.

Wanambwa, O'Shea

Mrs. Winterowd

English Composition I

1 July 2014

Explicit Lyrics and the Cognitive Effects upon Adolescents

Music is an age-old art form, defined in Merriam-Webster Dictionary (1989) as...