Can Music Change how you Work and your Cooperation?

The Journal of Organizational Behavior observed whether happy or sad music made people feel more cooperative. The researchers had the "happy group music," listen to a playlist that included songs such as "Walking on Sunshine" and "Yellow Submarine," while the "unhappy music group listened to music from obscure metal bands. The two groups were asked to put money into a pool and then that money would be multiplied by 1.5 and then divided betweeen the participants evenly. Those in the "happy" group were found to be more cooperative in donating than those in the "unhappy" group.

Music may make work slower when doing work such as essay writing, implying that music may be better suited for busy work that doesn't require much thought, or lacks a definite deadline.

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Written By Frank DiMarco