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Editor’s Selections: Music at Work, Elevated Charity, and Spinning Brains

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Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week.

That’s it for this week… Check back next week for more great psychology and neuroscience blogging!

Jason G. Goldman About the Author: Dr. Jason G. Goldman received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he studied the evolutionary and developmental origins of the mind in humans and non-human animals. Jason is also an editor at ScienceSeeker and Editor of Open Lab 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. Follow on . Follow on Twitter @jgold85.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. Alex Fradera 11:50 am 10/5/2011

    Hey Jason, thanks for reading the blog! One of the things I love about science is the fact that we have the opportunity to evaluate findings from work which is (hopefully)rigorous and well-designed… and then review this against the data we have from our own experience. This is one of the things I loved about being part of the team on http://mindhacks.com/links/ ; as Tom put it to me, the whole point of the book was to democratise science and let people put the findings to the test for themselves.

    For me, one of the interesting things about the findings was that in this sample, noise was more distracting than music, suggesting that it’s actually quite a rational approach to pop in the earbuds and wall off the nuisances, especially if you are more on the introverted side. And of course, the study has nothing to say on how enjoyable it is to listen to music while working – just on whether there are some efficiency penalties on the tasks used (and note that they were all systematic, tight, convergent thinking type tasks, which certainly doesn’t cover the work activity space).

    Again, thanks for reading, hope to turn up on here again!

    Best
    Alex

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