The results of this study will come as a shock to anyone who listens to music at work. I’ve even done presentations to employers and employees where I demonstrate how listening to music–the right music, anyway, carefully chosen for the task–can boost workplace happiness and productivity.
Or maybe not.
Three European universities got together to examine the effect music has on thinking skills. Bottom line is that they found the brain can be distracted by any sort of music.
According to Lancaster University’s Dr Neil McLatchie, the brain has a tendency to focus on the music instead of the task at hand. “We found strong evidence of impaired performance when playing background music in comparison to quiet background conditions.”
Of note was the way music impairs and disrupts the parts of our brains that deal with verbal skills, problem solving, and overall creativity.
If you want to dive into this whole study, it’s available here.
(Via Digital Music News)