Background Music’s Affect on Productivity
Should you listen to music while you study for your behavioral health licensure exam?
Do you listen to background music when you study for your psychology, social work, counseling, or MFT licensure exam? It could be affecting your productivity.
Music affects our mood which can affect productivity. It may be calming or energizing, which can make us feel an array of emotions, the result of anything from lyrical content to musical composition.
There have been few studies on the link between background music and productivity and the conclusions are essentially inconclusive due to a wide scope of results. However, knowing that music affects emotions and emotions affect productivity, we can look at how to use background music to our advantage when attempting productivity.
Kimberly Sena Moore, Ph.D., in her article Music and Productivity: 5 Ideas for Using Music To Boost Performance, explores ways to use music to boost productivity based on what we know about how music affects our brain: “Anecdotally, many people use background music when they work. And from what we know about how music impacts brain and behavior function, there are certain things to keep in mind about the music you choose that may make it a more successful experience for you.”
We know that music affects mood. Lyrics combined with tempo and a major or minor key can impact the emotion we experience. So how can we utilize background music and its effect on mood to our advantage?
Moore gives five tips to use music to our advantage and we’ve summarized them.
Taking the above tips into consideration the next time you study might help you take advantage of music’s effect on the brain.