Have you ever heard the old trope that playing Mozart to babies will make them grow up to be geniuses? While that theory isn’t true, there is still some merit within the correlation between music and brain activity – correlation that can have significant implications in the workplace or classroom.

Listening to music can cause a release of dopamine in the brain, the hormone that affects the prefrontal cortex, the home of planning, organizing, attention, and self-control. The dopamine release from listening to music can temporarily elevate mood and productivity. Music can help a person to focus, be more motivated, and get more done. It has also been shown that listening to music can provide a short-term boost to spatial reasoning, which aids in planning, and creativity.

In short, keep the tunes going to rock out your workday with a bit more fun…and maybe a bit more productivity too!