Music Magic: Dr. Brynn's Brain-Based Productivity Boosters
Listen Up! Literally. Music is like Magic to Your Brain.
As it turns out, not all pleasurable pastimes are deleterious for you. Take music, for example - enjoyable to hear, and wonderful for your brain!
Researchers continue to study the effects of music on the brain to great avail. Similar to food, music is not only enjoyable to consume, recent research shows that it alters BOTH the psychological and physiological states of a person. Because of this, varying types of music can be quite useful for various purposes.
Here are just a few:
- Calming, soothing, tonal music that is 'ignorable' and non-distracting has been shown to increase both physical relaxation and psychological stress-relief. A little Enya for some Zen, yah?
- Upbeat, energetic music has been shown to both distract a person from the effort of working out, decrease any pain perceptions, increases endurance, WHILE ALSO increasing the number of calories burned in a single session...don't forget those airpods at the gym!
- Somewhat counter-intuitively, listening to repetitive, non-lyrical music that you can easily 'tune-out' has been shown to increase a person's ability to get into a state of 'flow', increase their attention, and decrease their susceptibility to external distractions while working or studying. Who says you can't listen to EDM at the library?!
- In fact, music is so magical for the brain, listening to it increases one's ability in other areas - almost inexplicably, or as if by magic. As example, research shows that all other things controlled for, held constant and equal (e.g. similar subjects, no extra practice, time, or training on other skill-sets), a child with at least 3 years of musical training tests higher in their mathematical ability, non-verbal reasoning, fine motor skills, AND vocabulary, which steads them well into further development and later adulthood. Tempted to succumb to a child's piano-practice complaints? DON'T - it affects logical reasoning, language, mathematical, and motor development!
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