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Jackie Ye

Class of 2025New York, NY


Hello! My name is Jackie. I am a current high school junior from New York. My Polygence project is a review paper looking at the effects of music on cognitive function, specifically attention, memory, and mood. I have had a long-standing interest in psychology, so I wanted to focus on a topic well-connected to my interests. I landed on this specific subject because of its ability to be applied to my personal life as a student. After completing my project, my goal is to showcase my work by publishing in a journal, or potentially sharing my findings with fellow students.


  • "How does music affect cognitive functioning?" with mentor Rachel (Feb. 5, 2024)

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How does music affect cognitive functioning?

Started May 22, 2023

Abstract or project description

Music is a wide-spread form of communication, and people are often seen listening to music at various times throughout the day. The objective of this paper is to explore whether music has an effect on cognitive functioning via literature review. This research paper looks into the relationships between music and mood, learning, and memory, specifically the impacts it has on emotion regulation, learning enhancement, and memory retention. Understanding the role of music on our brains is important for applications in various domains of our lives, from educational environments to social settings or our psyche. The ability to capitalize on the potential of music can be valuable to achieving further success.