Have I accidentally classically conditioned myself to feel more alert and focussed when listening to ‘light’ jazz, commonly played in cafe environments?
That possibility is incredibly likely. What I do know for sure is that this music is one of the few genres that I can stand listening to while I’m trying to focus. It actually helps me get ‘into the zone’ of academic prose a lot better than music touted as ‘brain wave optimizing’, such as classical music.
Don’t get me wrong, I like a good Chopin most days of the week, but I need something specific to really pinpoint my brain’s requirements. Classical music is alright for reading, not writing, in my case.
Different people have different requirements. Some of my friends can only write to game music. I find game music irritating for whatever reason. My partner, in contrast, CANNOT focus when any music is playing at all.
Ah, the luxuries an only child can adapt to.
In their defense I purposely choose to work in crowded cafes after growing up in a noisy household. The inability to work in silence is now a personal adult choice rather than a developed habit from childhood. That’s my development and I’m happy to own it.
How about you? I’d like to know what my readers write to.