Your Brain on Music

You know music can lift your spirits but it may also make you more productive, according to neuroscientists.  Office workers allowed to listen to their preferred choice of music completed tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who have no control over their musical choices. Background music enhances performance on cognitive tasks, improves accuracy, and enables the completion of repetitive tasks more efficiently. The effects of music on productivity have been studied in some very specific occupations. Software developers were happier and produced better work more efficiently when listening to music. When surgeons listened to music while operating, they were less stressed out and worked faster and more accurately, especially if they were allowed to pick the music. Music can help people perform better in high-pressure situations. Listening to upbeat music before a game can keep athletes from choking under pressure.   Find out more here