Today in background noise

Reported today on Artsjournal.com:

Researchers report the soothing sounds of a Mozart minuet boosts the ability of children and seniors to focus on a task and ignore extraneous information. (Pacific Standard)

Reported today on Artsjournal.com:

Researchers “found that a level of ambient noise typical of a bustling coffee shop or a television playing in a living room, about 70 decibels, enhanced performance compared with the relative quiet of 50 decibels” (New York Times)

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