Listening to music impairs creativity, says study

Feb 28, 2019, 7:46 AM EST
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(Source: Sascha Kohlmann/flickr)

A new study challenges the long-held belief that listening to music boosts creativity. In a set of experiments, the participants who listened to music through the course of creative tasks, displayed a drop in their creative performance despite expressing a buoyant mood.

The researchers conducted three experiments, exposing participants to background music with familiar lyrics, music with unfamiliar lyrics and music without any lyrics, notes Deccan Chronicle.

The same participants, when exposed to ambient “library noise,” didn’t record any significant impairment in their creativity, writes New Atlas. The researchers believe that the changing pitch or tone of music interferes with an individual’s verbal working memory, thus dampening their performance.