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Do you have noise on in the background when trying to instruct your kids?

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 5:06 AM
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Turn Up the Volume to Boost Your Brain's Creative Power

Posted by Jacqueline Burt on June 25, 2012 

coffee shopYou know how we're supposed to need "peace and quiet" to be able to concentrate? Maybe that's true if the task at hand is paying bills or something else similarly straightforward, but according to a new study, "moderate ambient noise" is more likely to trigger "creative, innovative and abstract" thoughts than silence. So what qualifies as moderate ambient noise?

Think Starbucks on an average afternoon -- busy but not packed, buzzing but not booming. Because when that moderate noise gets to the not-so-moderate level, that creative thought thing goes right out the window. Much like a recent not-so-average afternoon I spent on my laptop at a Starbucks where the very enthusiastic young barista pumped the music up really loud and sang along really really loud to each and every song.

Indeed, just the right amount of noise is necessary if you want to get those ideas flowing. How does it work? Apparently, "a noisy environment can induce a certain degree of 'disfluency' or 'processing difficulty,' which can disrupt your normal way of thinking in such a way that it actually enhances the sort of abstract thinking that can spur real creativity."

Interesting, right? But let's say you don't feel like going out for coffee. How can you create moderate ambient noise at home? Here are a few ideas to try:

White noise machines

Nature sounds CDs (waves, crickets, etc.)

Put the TV on and set the volume super low (so you can hear noise, but not well enough to make out the words)

Personally, my favorite is still the coffee shop idea. But that's just because caffeine always helps to get my creative juices flowing, too!

by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 5:06 AM
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by Group Admin on Jun. 26, 2012 at 6:59 AM

 My kids are 3, 5, and 7.  They are their own ambient noise.

by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 7:08 AM

 Yes we do, it is music, and it isn't just when we are studying it is all day long. When my mom visits, it drives her nuts because she like total silence

by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 7:51 AM

We almost always have background noise. I never know where "school" will be at so it is anything from chainsaws if we are getting firewood at the time to the radio on quietly at home to elevator music (insert shudder) at the grocery store. 

by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM
I always have pandora on, but when we are working on something I switch the station to ambient or classical music.
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by Platinum Member on Jun. 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM
It's difficult in my house. DH was laid off over a year ago so the tv is usually on. But my eldest has Aspergers so distractions are a big problem for us.
by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 10:35 AM
My kids are always noisy. Haha! Occasionally we will have classical music on in the background, but only during certain subjects.
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