Some studies suggest that it is not the music type that is important in aiding you in staying focused and productive, but that music’s tempo. Studies have pointed out that music from 50 to 80 beats minutely can improve and stimulate your creativity and learning.
According to Dr. Emma Gray, a therapist on cognitive behaviors and working with Spotify to research the perks of certain music types. She found out that by listening to the music set in the beat range from 50 to 80, your brain will be put into an alpha state.
When you are awake, you are typically in a mind’s state known as beta. It is a heightened alertness state where your brain-wave activity is from 14 to 30 HZ. When your brain slows to around 7-14 HZ, you are in an alpha state of mind that is more relaxed. It allows you to be more open, receptive, and less critical. Such a state of mind is what people associate with activities that involve your imagination, intuition, and memory, including your “eureka moments.”
Have you listened to music types that you are familiar with? Then you may find yourself deep in thought. You will not truly hear the music. It is an alpha state music induces. You are tuning out when being tuned in.
Finding songs you find to be familiar with works best. Set at about 50 – 80 beats per minute. One of the songs in such a range is Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song”.
- Enjoy your favorite music
When dealing with projects which you are not excited about entails, it can help to listen to the music you enjoy. According to studies, putting on your favorite music type can enhance your mood and productivity.