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Should You Be Listening To Music At Work?

Should You Be Listening To Music At Work?

Happy music has been found to increase cooperation in the workplace. Why? How do different types of music affect our brain?

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The Sound Of Cooperation: Musical Influences On Cooperative Behavior

“Music as an environmental aspect of professional workplaces has been closely studied with respect to consumer behavior while sparse attention has been given to its relevance for employee behavior. In this article, we focus on the influence of music upon cooperative behavior within decision-making groups. Based on results from two extended 20-round public goods experiments, we find that happy music significantly and positively influences cooperative behavior.”

Listening To Heavy Metal May Actually Make You Calmer, Study Finds

“Apparently, Ozzy Osbourne may hold the key to happiness.
A recent study has found that “extreme” music genres – including heavy metal, emo, punk and screamo – may actually help calm angry listeners. Researchers say the results contradict the notion such music is linked to aggression and delinquency.”

This Is Your Brain On Music: How Our Brains Process Melodies That Pull On Our Heartstrings

“You’re lying on your back in bed with a pair of headphones on, listening to a new album by one of your favorite artists. While you listen, you feel unexplained emotions brimming; it’s as if you’re transcending reality. The brain’s ability to absorb and make sense of music – what some scientists refer to as organized sound – is highly complex and far more effective than even a computer’s capacity to identify and process it. But questions about how exactly the brain takes in organized sound still remain: Why does it make us feel the way we do?”


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