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Recent music study suggests that jazz, blues, classical, and folk genres have biggest influence on innovative and creative work / happy.com

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A recent study due to be published in March's edition of the Personality and Individual Differences journal has surmised that our taste in music has the ability to affect how we work. The researchers who kicked off the study began with the premise that music affects our mood, but, as the study progressed, they began to find out more about how music impacts on our performance, how we interact with colleagues, and that it even has the ability to influence our thoughts on the topic of resigning.

More than 400 people were surveyed for their preferred musical style. The researchers listed 14 styles to choose from, grouped into four main categories: "reflective and complex", which included the jazz of Nina Simone; "intense and rebellious" rock songs from the likes of Bon Jovi; "energetic and rhythmic" tracks, including the party hits of David Guetta; and "upbeat and conventional" soaring anthems from people like Beyoncé.

The results of the survey surmised that of the four broader musical genres, it was the "reflective and complex" category that seemed to have the biggest influence on innovative and creative work. Subgenres that fell into the category included not only jazz but blues (such as the likes of B.B. King), classical (including Bach and Berlioz) and folk (Joni Mitchell, amongst many others).

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