TechHive turned to Psyche Loui, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience & behavior, in evaluating a new online music service that claims to boost user’s attention span and productivity. Like other neuroscience experts interviewed, Loui was skeptical.
“We know there’s a ton of good that music can do to the brain, and we know that lots of people listen to music in the background while they’re working,” she said. “Different types of selective attention have been shown to be related to brain rhythms in that when you attentively perceive an object, that’s associated with some high-frequency rhythms in the brain. But sort of taking those rhythms over using music isn’t something I’ve seen yet.”