You don’t need to be a science wiz to know that the music we listen to has an effect on our mood, productivity, etc.
However, we do have to tip our thinking caps to those smartypants science kids for pinpointing the perfect tunes for work productivity.
ScienceAlert.com recently summarized a mix of studies that show which music provides for the most optimal work productivity. While a study out of the University of Miami showed that personal choice in music played a part–you will be more productive and less stressed listening to music that you like–studies from Fu Jen Catholic University in Xinzhuang City, Taiwan, showed that researchees were more productive when listening to music that they had little-to-no opinion on.
Furthermore, research from Cambridge Sound Management, songs without lyrics are less distracting. Plus, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discovered that having “a natural element” in your music is best because:
“sounds of nature can mask intelligible speech just as well as white noise while also enhancing cognitive functioning, optimising the ability to concentrate, and increasing overall worker satisfaction, the researchers found.”
Now that last part makes us think of the whale noises your hear coming out of the stereo when you go to get a massage, which doesn’t sound like anything that would make us productive.
But the dolls at ScienceAlert were nice enough to include a “lyric-less playlist” that has more of an indie vibe, should we want to give this study a whirl–no whale noises included.
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