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We don't like unfamiliar music, even though we claim we do

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Spotify. Pandora. iTunes. YouTube. We are constantly bombarded with a seemingly limitless amount of new music in our daily lives. But why do we keep coming back to that one song or album we couldn’t get enough of in college?
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Interesting one this - the main takeaway is pretty straightforward - that people like to think they want something different but ultimately are happier with what they know.  This is almost like the "Aspirational" Netflix queue  - you know - when you're picking titles you throw in the odd obscure documentary or social issue movie - but when it comes time to watch them - you'd rather pass and settle on something less taxing and - yes - more familiar.

 

It's the end point that I find intriguing in that they postulate that people will choose familiar music when they're busy working or doing cognitively demanding tasks - which makes perfect sense to me.  It's the whole theory behind music2work2 in that people use music to create an optimal aural environment to do stuff - and the less challenging or more familiar the music - the less resource the brain has to devote to processing it - so - you et the benefit of the aural environment with plenty of brain power left to dedicate towards the task at hand.

 

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This is the kind of music you should listen to at work - Telegraph

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work - Telegraph | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Listening to music at work increases accuracy and speed, a new study has found. The genre you should choose, from classical music to dance beats, depends on what your work involves
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Of course one has to be careful with "Industry" funded studies but this is just more evidence of how companies are looking to use music to drive productivity in the workplace.  The thing is they still seem to be applying a "one rule fits all" approach - and we know that it really doesn't.  Here they try to tell you which genre of music to listen to while doing a specific type of task and while there's some sense to this - it isn't going to work for everyone.  What companies need is not one stream which is sent out to everyone but a central library of tracks and playlists that each individual can choose from and select to create their own personal audio environment.

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Why you should control the music you work to

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Music by Modes Rodríguez on Flickr

 Part of a study from Dr. Amanda Krause and colleagues showed that how people experienced their music had a significant impact on how they felt about it.  Implications on music to work to

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Your Brain... A Social Network?

Your Brain... A Social Network? | Music to work to | Scoop.it
SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem. Human made
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This is brilliant - I love how the science is getting better and better.  here's the takeaway; when you listen to music that you like, but that is not necessarily your favorite, your brain engages the memory formation networks.  However - when you listen to your favorite music, the brain no longer engages the memory formation networks.  Which kinda makes sense - 'cos it's already know - it's your favorite - and so the brain can devote resources elsewhere.  Which opens the door to more accurate music therapy when developing a program for Alzheimer's patients.  Awesome!

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Motivation: Get into the “Flow” with Music in Sport and Exercise - The Sport In Mind – Sport Psychology

Motivation: Get into the “Flow” with Music in Sport and Exercise - The Sport In Mind – Sport Psychology | Music to work to | Scoop.it
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Good overview article of how you can introduce music to your sport and exercise routine to get into a state of Flow more quickly.  Good examples from world class athletes backed up by research - if you're at all interested in this area - this is well worth the read.

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Interactive lab explores music’s scientific potential

Interactive lab explores music’s scientific potential | Music to work to | Scoop.it
McMaster University’s LIVELab invites researchers to explore musical questions previously inaccessible to science
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This is super cool - reminds me of the sound room back in my undergraduate days at Westminster University - there was a soundproofed room in the basement of one of the faculty buildings - it was pretty small but you couldn't spend too much time in there 'cos the sound of your own body started to freak you out.  this is that room on a much much bigger scale and by the 'sounds" of it - is going open many doors into how sound and music and auditory experience affects us human beings.  I want to go!!!

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Science Shows Your Taste in Music Says More About You Than You Think

Science Shows Your Taste in Music Says More About You Than You Think | Music to work to | Scoop.it
What type of music do you listen to?
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Yeah - it reads well - but I'm just not sure about this.  To me it's still putting people in boxes and just by allocating all the different musical genres into 4 categories defined by salient sonic and emotional characteristics - you're still not going to avoid all the things about genre that researchers are trying to ignore.  Studies like this end up delivering big sweeping types of information that people inevitably end up trying to use and then getting it wrong and having arguments blah blah blah....

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The Music That Has Helped Me Battle Depression

The Music That Has Helped Me Battle Depression | Music to work to | Scoop.it
I am what is referred to as a F33.2. On the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, this means that I have recurrent, severe depressive disorder without psychotic symptoms. It means that my depression comes from a place that is hard to climb out of, that alienates...
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Deeply personal reflection from an author who deals with depression and who uses music to mitigate its effects as best he can.  It's the "No side effects" that seems to resonate throughout the use of music in health related fields - whether its managing mood or impairing energy and memory - music seems to be the one drug you can't overdose on.  

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Dangerous Decibels

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We occasionally see articles about loud music and the damage it can do to teen's ears.  What we didn't know is that there is a movement called Dangerous Decibels which tackles the problem directly.  What we like about this is that it give parents tangible advice on how to help their kids keep their hearing.  If you're the parent of kid who seems to have ear buds surgically implanted in their ear canal - you might want to check this out.

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How to Listen to Music at Work Without Sacrificing Productivity

How to Listen to Music at Work Without Sacrificing Productivity | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Putting on your headphones to tune out office distractions can do more harm than good if you're listening to focus-sapping music.
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There's pretty much a consensus nowadays that listening to music at work can help productivity - bosses and managers are getting used to seeing employees wearing ear buds and headphones and are even welcoming the fact.  As the idea matures we see writers spending less time on justification and more on how to make the music really work for you.  This Amex article look s at what types of music can help different working activities - nothing earth shattering here but it's great to see such corporate media channels getting on the music at work bandwagon.

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Library, Magic House Team Up to Help Ferguson Kids Cope with Crisis

Library, Magic House Team Up to Help Ferguson Kids Cope with Crisis | Music to work to | Scoop.it
A unicorn. A Blues Stanley Cup. An end to the violence in Ferguson. To finally start school. Peace. These were...
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It's amazing to me how fast music therapy is gaining ground in society.  There's nothing new about putting on activities and distractions for kids in tough environments, such as the hell everybody went through inFergusonearlier this year - but the fact that a music therapist is part of those activities and a very popular one to boot - is an indication of just how far we've come.

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The art and science of whispering

The art and science of whispering | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Belinda Lopez enters a world of whispering women and scientific curiosity.
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I'm personally very familiar with the tingling sensation that ASMR describes - having experienced it a lot as a kid, so I was blown away to find a burgeoning online community.  This is a great introduction to the ASMR world with different perspectives from a physiologist to a neuroscientist to a therapist.  I think there are a lot of parallels between the effect that ASMR has on the body and what music to work to can do.

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The Undercover Soundtrack - Alice Degan

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'Music is a ritual of invocation' Once a week I host a writer who uses music as part of their creative environment – perhaps to connect with a character, populate a mysterious place, or hold a mome...

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This is a really interesting look into how an author sets up a playlist to help her reach the place where she can fall into her characters.  The bit that resonates deeply with me is the whole ritual aspect and the identification of a track as an entry point into the act of writing.

 

Also I'm a huge Thomas Tallis fan and Vaughan William's Fantasia is now on my working playlist!

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Mozart as Medicine: The Health Benefits of Music

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Learn about the health benefits of music and how to use music therapy to relieve stress, reduce pain, and improve your health.
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Long but well put together article that looks at the current research on music therapy.  The main takeaway is that the majority of studies are flawed and don't really define how the clear benefits associated with music therapy are attributed.  More research is needed - but there is the final point - that undoubtedly music does have a positive benefit and unlike all the pills and other procedures - there are no negative side effects!

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This Is Your Brain on Silence - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus

This Is Your Brain on Silence - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus | Music to work to | Scoop.it
One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, with the modest goal of making…
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Fabulous article, well presented and backed up with insightful research.  For me it's the whole"Life in balance" thing again - just because listening to certain music can improve productivity some of the time - it doesn't mean it's going to work all of the time.  The big takeaway for me from this article is the need for contrast - for change.  While we could all benefit from neuronal growth during extended periods of silence - it's the change between the different states - noise to silence and back again that seem to really stimulate the brain.

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HSC exam guide: how to use music to prepare for exams

HSC exam guide: how to use music to prepare for exams | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Students, the impending horror of exams is nearly upon you. But music can help you out. To put it simply, turn to tunes to terminate the terror of term-time. As with so many psychological phenomena that…
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It's interesting to see music being presented in such a utilitarian way but we've been expecting this for years now.  Adrian North looks at how to use the base mechanisms: physiological arousal and emotional influence to get the most out of your study time.  I especially liked the idea of listening to the music that you studied to just prior to the exam in order to aid recall.  This seems like low hanging fruit for switched on students!

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Your call is important to us: the history and psychology of hold music

Your call is important to us: the history and psychology of hold music | Music to work to | Scoop.it

In 2012, according to Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, an Adelaide man was kept on hold with the airline Qantas for 15 hours. As a recorded message affirmed, over and over, that a customer service agent would be with him “soon,” he simply stayed on — working, reading, waiting. As he told the newspaper, “I wanted to find out what exactly they meant when they said they would be with me as soon as possible.”

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The history of hold music - and the psychology behind it - fascinating to think about the early days of telephony and how exciting it was to get a phone call from another country.  I wonder what they would think of our modern smart phones.  An interesting and entertaining piece - worth the 5 minutes!

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The Psychology of Music | Visual.ly

The Psychology of Music | Visual.ly | Music to work to | Scoop.it
There’s more to why we like music than just a catchy beat or an easy karaoke tune.
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The University of Florida make their case for the Music program by creating a pretty solid infographic on the psychology of music - a good overview and well worth the time to check it out

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Scientists Capture The Sound Of A Single Atom

Scientists Capture The Sound Of A Single Atom | Music to work to | Scoop.it
What does an atom sound like? Apparently it's a "D-note."

That's according to scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, who have revealed in a new study that they've captured the sound of a single atom.

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This is frickin' awesome - not so much for the physics - which are pretty amazing - but for the fact that it's a D!  I think I read somewhere about Billy Joel and Elton John talking about what their favorite key to compose in was and both of them agreeing that there's just something about the key of D and D minor in particular that just feels good.    Now whether this has anything to do with some deep subliminal resonance - who knows - but I like playing in D too!

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Pop music too loud and all sounds the same: official

Pop music too loud and all sounds the same: official | Music to work to | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same.Researchers in Spain used a huge archive
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Yes - this headline will appeal to people over 35 - but I don't think the kids need to get too worried.  We're seeing the expression of technology and economy and while Dr. Luke and Max martin might be behind most of the pop out there - it won't stay that way for long.  Every generation decried the music of the one that comes after it and while data is interesting - has music ever, really, been about datasets and statistics?!?!? 

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A sound idea: can ambient noise make us work harder?

A sound idea: can ambient noise make us work harder? | Music to work to | Scoop.it
The Times has installed typewriter noise in its newsroom, the latest attempt to use sound to affect us functionally
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Super interesting idea that the Times would add the anachronistic sound of typewriters in the news room - and that as they reach press deadline the volume increases.  I'm not sure this is the way to go but it will be interesting to see the results.  The rest of the article looks at how music has struggled to be utilized as a mass productivity tool, we know from our own studies and research that music is such a personal thing that going for economies of scale isn't going to work.   Still,  there's no doubt that sound and the auditory system has a huge impact on us humans.

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Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition

Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition | Music to work to | Scoop.it
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I loved reading this study - it reminded me of my own undergraduate work as a Psych major when I was looking at how sound affected physical performance.  What the paper is suggesting is that the low level processing systems of the brain get occupied by the ambient noise, forcing the brain to use a higher level of processing when attending to additional tasks.  This results in greater creativity - which is something we've been gambling our live on!

 

You can read about my original study here:

 

http://music2work2.com/music2work2-music-to-work-to/why-listening-music-makes-you-smarter

 

and then go listen to some pleasant ambient noise - like - instrumental music2work2!

 

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The Super Simple Way to Improve Your Mood

The Super Simple Way to Improve Your Mood | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Use this trick to bust through your next funk
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Study out of Missouri that looked at mood regulation - particularly how to make yourself happier using variations of happy sounding and less positive music combined with setting an intention to be happier.  Seems that you need both - happy music and a good intention and you can improve your mood.  Awesome!

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Music as medicine has huge potential, study suggests

Music as medicine has huge potential, study suggests | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Music boosts the body's immune system and is more effective than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety before a surgery, a research review from two psychologists at Montreal's McGill University suggests.
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This was the study published last year from Daniel Levitin and Mona Lisa Chanda that reviewed 400 scientific papers on how music affects the human being.  It's pretty clear that there are significant benefits across the board and the idea of music as medicine (a medicine with no side effects,) is something we can all get behind.  A nice summary and worth the read.

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The Many Health Benefits of Music on The Brain - Daily Health Post

The Many Health Benefits of Music on The Brain - Daily Health Post | Music to work to | Scoop.it
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Nice little primer article into how music is good for you - some good links out to studies and a groovy little info graphic at the end.  one to share with the doubting Thomas' in your life!

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Stay well with music!

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Why do we love the music we heard as teenagers? - Bubblews

Why do we love the music we heard as teenagers? - Bubblews | Music to work to | Scoop.it
As I plod through my 20s, I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon: The music I loved as a teenager means more to me than ever—but with each passing year...
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Well thought out and presented article that looks at the neuroscience and psychology behind our attachment to the songs from our youth.  If you've ever wondered why certain tracks stay with you after all these years - have a read - well worth it!

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