Companies have long used music to set rhythm for production lines – and to boost morale of employees. 

Now a new study by the University of Illinois confirms that people do respond – positively in productivity terms – to music

They suggest however that instrumentals are best – words can  interfere with language “tasks” which are part of the work.

Similarly,  music is more effective if it has a constant, easy beat and a light melody.

A report in the journal Neuroscience of Behavior and Physiology states that the Russian Academy of Sciences found that a person’s ability to recognize visual images, letters and numbers, is much faster when either rock or classical music is playing in the background.

So – play on!