Experts have created a playlist of songs guaranteed to cure writer’s block featuring Elton, Van Morrison, and Wolfgang Mozart, among others.
Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman has put together the list of concentration-boosting tracks.
The hour-long playlist – timed to coincide with the ideal length of time to concentrate on one job – consists of songs which have been chosen for their slow and steady beats and few lyrics.
Each selection is considered ‘pleasurable’ while having a low enough BPM (beats per minute) to avoid distracting you from the job in hand.
The tracks on the Amazon Music Unlimited playlist are also largely in a major key – said to make the music sound happy rather than sad – which helps to aid concentration and boost creativity.
Dr Spelman created the list, with Amazon, as she believes the tempo, key and structure of the music you listen to when working can affect how your brain focuses.
With writer’s block thought to be an inability to make the connections in the brain which enable creative thought, the tunes create the right environment for connections to occur in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.
Dr Spelman said: “Music can play a critically beneficial role in banishing writer’s block.
“Music with minimally intrusive lyrics in particular can provide non-invasive noise and pleasurable feelings, to effectively neutralise the unconscious system’s ability to distract us.
“We tend to perform better at spatial and linguistic processing as well as mathematical challenges if we do them with the right kind of background music, and a slow beat has been scientifically proven to help most people to focus.”
But before listening to the playlist, Dr Spelman recommends practicing mindfulness to improve focus.
She said: “Paying attention to the present moment using as many of your senses as possible to notice things in your environment before you start work will help focus the mind for the task ahead.
“Modern life is full of distractions so a concerted effort to be more mindful will help empty your mind of unnecessary interruptions before you begin.”
Alessio Santarelli, EU Kindle content director at Amazon added: “Thanks to the freedom and flexibility of independent publishing, more and more writers are taking the plunge and publishing books.
“But from time to time, even the most imaginative thinkers may face challenges in the creative process.
“The playlist we’ve created on Amazon Music Unlimited with the help of Dr. Spelman’s expertise will help both aspiring and established authors to get writing.”
The Playlist is below:
1. “Serenade No. 13 ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ in G Major K. 525: I. Allegretto” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. “Montanita” – Ratatat
3. “Orinoco Flow” – Enya
4. “1ª Gymnopedie (feat. Falk Richter) “– Erik Satie
5. “Opus 36” – Dustin O’Halloran
6. “Quaint by Numbers” – Zezendium
7. “Intro” – The xx
8. “Music for Walking Your Dog” – The Relaxing Folk Lifestyle Band
9. “Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding” – Elton John
10. “Clair de Lune” – Claude Debussy
11. “Verse” – Rhye
12. “Scandinavia” – Van Morrison
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