• Neuroscientists Say Music Can Help Reduce Your Anxiety Levels

    “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” — Confucius

    Almost every single one of us enjoys being enveloped in the sounds we love. You know which music calms you. What songs get you up off your feet and dancing.

    Which annoying track you can’t get out of your head no matter how hard you try.

    “Opp, opp, opp. Oppa Gangnam style!”

    Sorry.

    Scientists now call these ‘earworms’ and they have a scientific formula for estimating which ones annoy you the most.…

  • Listening to Music Can Hurt Your Writing Productivity

    Do you listen to music when you write? It seems that the majority of writers do. But the science behind you blasting Metallica while writing (as Stephen King used to do) is starting to say maybe you shouldn’t.

    Recent studies have shown that listening to background noise — especially pop hits — can actually hinder your writing.

    “Tasks that involve language processing or decision making need your attentional focus, and when you try to do two such tasks at the same time, you end up switching your attention back and forth.”…