Music we like is more distracting than music we don’t like

The “Irrelevant Sound Effect”, is all about the way background sounds can interfere with our short-term memory.

A lot of people like to listen to music while they work. Previous research suggests this is probably not a bad thing. In lab studies, people who listen to music they like, generally perform better at mental tasks afterwards, an effect that’s been attributed to boosts in mood and arousal.
 

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