Music: Productive Melody

Some 500 U.S. factories, arsenals and shipyards now treat their workers to music to increase production. But what kind of music, and in what doses, gets maximum results?

Last week one expert offered an answer. Professor Harold Burris-Meyer, director of research in sound at Stevens Institute of Technology, released results of elaborate tests with factory music from Bach to boogie-woogie. Once, in a big Philadelphia laundry, his experiments were so shattering that one worker burst into tears and ran home. But his overall findings show that scientifically planned music increases factory production by...

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