According to research from Stanford University School of Medicine, listening to music actually engages the area of your brain that’s needed for paying attention and making predictions. Participants in the study listened to short symphonies, but feel free to choose whatever works for you. When I need to get in the zone and focus, I always put on gaming music. Music and soundtracks from video games are specifically designed to help you concentrate without being distracting. They also usually don’t have lyrics, which works well for me when I’m writing. Listening to music you like also makes you happy and lifts your mood. Win-win!
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