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I was watching an interview with Spolsky and he mentioned some study that showed listening to music with headphones caused a drop in having "deep thoughts"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF8ZVB-v3IM#t=23m17s

I can't find this anywhere; what was the study and where can I find it?

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Compare to Music And Productivity. Though I believe I heard some blurb making the same claim. –  dmckee Jan 10 '12 at 21:42
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That's a debate that's been going on among IT workers for decades. Joel has a rather radical view on things (as he does on many things). If I remember correctly he "studied" things himself in his own company (with himself the main test subject). Of course any such results can not apply to all work environments. E.g. in a large open plan office headphones and soft music (not hard rock :) ) can help prevent distractions (Joel would claim and has on so I think that that just means it's a bad work environment, but for millions it's reality... –  jwenting Jan 11 '12 at 11:38
    
@jwenting while likely true, I would still like to look at the study to see their methods and conclusions. –  Nick T Jan 11 '12 at 20:59
    
I would also like to see how the results can be generalized to the population. 2 of the top (in term of productivity & quality) 3 developers I know listen to hard trance music the whole day. –  user3979 Feb 3 '12 at 11:55

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