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It's the age-old question: Do you like to have music on while you're Cognitive Therapy Based On
working? Some people thrive off of listening to music while they Mindfulness May Lower Risk Of
study, read or work, and they always have it on when completing Depression Relapse
assignments. Others, like myself, find having music on in the
background incredibly distracting.

This timeless debate has torn many roommates a part. But is there
a right answer?

Apparently, yes. Listening to music can actually help you focus,

A new study has found that the type of music doesn't but you have to like it.
influence your ability to focus but how you feel about the
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A study published in "Scientific Reports" found that listening to
(Photo : Michal Czerwonka / Getty Images) music that you like could help you focus on your own thoughts.
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What the results showed was actually pretty unexpected. When the
research subjects listened to a preferred or a favorite song of theirs,
they were better connected to a part of the brain called the default mode network, which is tied to how humans are
able to switch between thinking about what's going on around them and their self-referential thoughts. I would have
thought listening to songs you enjoy would actually make you pay more attention to the song than what you're
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The relationship between music and the brain is an area that has been heavily explored in research. Many studies You May Also Like
have pointed to music's ability to help employees be more productive or help children learn more effectively.
However, this is one of the only studies to show, albeit with a small sample size, that the type of music one listens to
might not be as important as the listener's preference for it.

These results might not only be useful for those hoping to efficiently tackle assignments but also those who cope
with often crippling neurological disorders. The authors write that problems in the connectivity to the default mode
network may be related to conditions such as autism, schizophrenia and depression. With more research, these
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Rolandas Kliucnikas 9 months ago

I like that you not only talk about the scientific reports but also provide your own opinion. This article is really
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Simon H. 2 months ago

Finally! Something I can use to counter my teachers' unfounded "It's a distraction" claim!
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temanaadrius a year ago

But of course, why listen to a genre you don't particularly like?
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Jaeger19ultima > temanaadrius 8 months ago

Because, it's a test study... You need to see how it eects people in general so you can draw a correlation
to what everyone or the majority share in common so you can post your facts their "findings" just are
reduced to commonsense, music you like will influence your emotions and drive you better to succeeding,
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