You know, stock music always makes me feel so productive.
Hey there harmonically inclined homies, Trace here for DNews.
We all know music has the power to alter behaviours, like when Queen Bey makes you dance or Adele helps you work through a difficult breakup.
But music also helps us get through more mundane times, like the workday.
When I'm writing, I like to put on my headphones and pump up the jams… like Girl Talk or the "National Treasure" soundtrack.
And that may not be such a bad thing.
A recent study in the Journal of Organizational Behavior took a close look at how music affects cooperation.
Researchers put 78 college students into two groups: one exposed to happy music, and the other to unhappy music.
Now, before we go any further, we know "happy" is a pretty broad term, but according to these researchers they decided to add "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles; "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves.
And, of course, the theme song from "Happy Days" that was all happy music.
And for unhappy music, they played songs from less familiar heavy metal bands.
Songs like "Smokahontas" by Attack Attack! and "You Ain't No Family" by Iwrestledabearonce.
Cool band name, by the way.
Alright, back to the study.
Individuals had to decide how much money they wanted to put into a group pool and how much they wanted to keep for themselves.
To incentivize cooperation, money put into the pool would be multiplied one and a half times before being split evenly.
The results showed that contributions into the pool were about one-third higher with happy music than with unhappy music.
And listening to music you like is not just good for group work.
A music therapy expert at the University of Miami conducted a study with 56 computer developers who were asked to keep a detailed music log.
In the log, participants recorded how they felt before and after listening to music, how long they listened, and their musical selections.
The log was then compared to their overall quality of work.
The results showed that developers came up with better ideas, plus they worked better and faster with music on.
Without music, they had poorer work quality overall.
So, music may make you more cooperative and increase your productivity, but there is also evidence that it can sometimes have a negative effect, depending on the task at hand of course.
One study at Florida Atlantic University observed 45 students to see how fast they wrote essays with or without music.
The results showed that those who listened to music while writing wrote slower by an average of 60 words per hour, concluding that music may actually be distracting when doing something as cognitive as essay writing.
So when it comes to music in the workplace, remember that there are as many variables as there are different musical genres.
Not only should you consider happy versus unhappy music -- whatever that may be for you -- but also consider what it is you actually do at work.
If you're going through a vacation's worth of junk email, go ahead and turn on those beats!
But if you're trying to meet a tight deadline on a quarterly report, silence just may be your best bet.
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So just because "Yellow Submarine" was classified as "happy" music by some researchers doesn't necessary mean it's good music... or does it?
Is there a formula for good music?
Jules talks more about it here.
Notes a fifth apart like C to G create a nice repeating pattern, and we call this consonance, but lower that G just a half step to F#, and suddenly the wave form pattern goes crazy, dodging, dipping, diving, ducking and dodging, and this is called dissonance.
What do you guys listen to when you want to get ish done?
Seriously, I am standing by this "National Treasure" Soundtrack.
It's amazing for my brain…
I mean I can't do a Nick Cage impression, but if I could I would.