writing music


I enjoy listening to classical music when writing (or, when ‘performing’ other concentration-demanding tasks).  I know that the Mozart-effect has been debunked, but, in my rather loose Sethian self-experimentation (some other posts, articles etc here) I have found that listening to classical music helps with concentration when writing. Perhaps just a placebo, a self-fulfilling prophecy; though, the performative writing of this post might just reinforce things further.

(A favorite online classical station of mine is All Classical 89.9 from Portland.)

Written by teppo

April 2, 2007 at 10:22 pm

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  1. I like listening to WOXY while I work because it infuses me with an independent, punk spirit to kick academic a$#! And I like the music too….



    April 2, 2007 at 11:16 pm

  2. I felt that coming…



    April 2, 2007 at 11:22 pm

  3. I bet a randomized study will vindicate my hypothesis. And, the reason? – your music is junk and actually may destroy brain cells rather than ‘activate’ them – how’s that for an attempt at cogn science? (just kidding of course, I listen to it all as well. That said, there is an inescapable hierarchy, but thats another point for another post).

    Of course, its highly likely that the non-treatment control condition wins out completely.



    April 2, 2007 at 11:26 pm

  4. I think the reason for classic music to help someone concentrate is that it doesn’t have spoken words that many times will distract the person from the task at hand.



    April 3, 2007 at 5:51 am

  5. Dollars to donuts, I’d wager that a gentle background white noise would be just as effective, if not more so. (Which gives me an idea for a *revolutionary* new study aid…)


    "Q" the Enchanter

    April 3, 2007 at 8:59 pm

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