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music is the “fastest, most user-friendly way to influence and reset your brain networks without using an external substance.” Familiar music can be distracting.  Unknown, non-playlisted music, as in radio, seems to inspire working.  This is probably why Pandora and Songza are so popular.    I work even better with unfamiliar music playing in the […]