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A 2007 Stanford University study suggests that listening to the four movements in a typical classical music concert trains the brain to partition large bodies of information into meaningful chunks. “In a concert setting, for example, different individuals listen to a piece of music with wandering attention, but at the transition point between movements, their attention is arrested,” explained Vinod Menon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Over time, I noticed that showing up at concert halls with some regularity has given me back the capacity for single-mindedness, or monotasking, as productivity experts call it. I also fidget less, and proud of my prowess for sitzfleisch, in concerts, long haul flights and oppressively long business meetings.

(Quartz: “The classical music concert is a vital workout for our sagging, flabby attention spans”)

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