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Does your company allow music listening during work hours? If not, it should be considered. Studies clearly show that music in the workplace has a significant impact on mood, which in turn increases cooperation and productivity.
In terms of how music changes a person's mind, the presence of music encourages the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, something like eating a treat or smelling a lovely aroma (1). In silence, the mind can wander, which can be unproductive and downright unhappy. "Music can bring us back to the present moment," states Dr. Amit Sood of the Mayo Clinic.
In a study conducted by Dr. Teresa Lesiuk at the University of Miami, it was concluded that a positive mood allows the mind to consider more options, rather than make a hasty decision. A study at Cornell University tested different kinds of music in the workplace and concluded that music that makes people happy lead to decision-making that contribute to "the good of the team".(2) Yes, music promotes teamwork.
(1)Padnani, Amisha; New York Times, Aug. 11, 2012, The Power of Music... (2) Kniffin, Kevin; Yan, Yubo; Wansink, Brian; Schulze, William; Journal of Organizational Behavior.
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