Music Boosts Creativity
Music is a powerful thing! While listening to music, “you can dial up a mood, mindset or on demand by playing music that generates a specific emotional response in you. Pick the right tunes and you’ll boost mood, concentration, fire new synapses and enhance the proliferation of creative thoughts. Music can also fight loneliness and drive you on through times of stress and pain,” according to Creative Boom. Between the grocery store, restaurants, the radio in your car, and endless music available online and via streaming services, music is literally all around us these days.
Walk into our office on any given day and there will most likely be some tunes coming out of the speaker. Whether it’s Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Odesza, etc., music adds to the ambiance of any space, the workplace is no different. Not only does it liven up the office, music has also been scientifically proven to unlock creativity.
An article from The Huffington Post says that “the field of neuroscience has identified two primary modes of brain operation: Either you’re paying attention to something very closely and you’re deeply engaged in a task, or you’re in ‘mind-wandering mode,’ which involves daydreaming and flitting from thought to thought”. The ‘mind-wandering mode’ is where almost all of our creativity happens, and where we’re able to come up with innovative solutions to problems. Listening to music can help our brains enter this mode, even when still completely focused on the task at hand.
Some studies say that the type of music does have an effect on creativity, however. This is because “the limbic system and the frontal lobe are both significantly more stimulated by familiar music” (Creative Boom). Creativity needs dopamine, so the more stimulation, the more chances of being creative! The familiarity of our favorite songs allows the music to keep us creative, while also not distracting us like new music would.
In addition to boosting creativity, listening to music at work has the ability to make people more productive and attentive. A study mentioned in Consumer Affairs says that “other than having a scientific reason to blast tunes at work, is that happy music has the power to make the workplace more cooperative and supportive overall”.
Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/24/music-creative_n_5511501.html, http://www.businessinsider.com/the-best-music-for-productivity-2015-7, http://www.creativeboom.com/tips/want-to-be-more-creative-heres-what-music-to-avoid-at-all-costs/, https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/how-listening-to-music-at-work-can-increase-productivity-082516.html