Medical Mysteries of Music

This is what listening to music does to your brain while you work

Most places of business allow employees to listen to music at work because it can promote wellbeing, productivity, and concentration. There are, however, a few downsides, too. Rupinder points this article at Inc that goes deeper into the process of your music at work.

When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press Play, however, have a handle on when your tunes will be most beneficial for you and your brain.

Learning = Stop

Learning requires your brain to analyze and remember instructions and facts. When music is on, however, your brain has to process auditory data on top of processing the instructions and facts. Because of this multitasking, the brain can interpret the instructions and facts improperly, either associating them in odd ways or making mistakes about what’s important enough to store. Thus, if you have to learn something at work, it’s best to turn off your music, especially if you’re learning verbally or through reading and the music has lyrics.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “This is what listening to music does to your brain while you work

  • Can you provide a link to the program you did on Music where you talked about the amount of time for each category that helps your brain. I found that interesting and would like to read more about it.


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