Report suggests bass-heavy tunes make candidates feel more confident

A new report by social scientists claims that listening to bass-heavy music makes job interview candidates feel more confident.

The report by The Society For Personality And Social Psychology tested two different groups of people. One group was told to listen to bass-heavy tunes – 50 Cent‘s ‘In Da Club’, Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ and 2 Unlimited’s ‘Get Ready For This’. The other group listened to what the report called ‘low-power music’ – Notorious BIG’s ‘Big Poppa’, Fatboy Slim’s ‘Because We Can’ and Baha Men’s ‘Who Let The Dogs Out?’.

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Researchers discovered that those in the first group were more inclined to take control in situations such as job interviews and client meetings. They felt more in control, leading to more productive and focused work. Conversely, those in the second group were meeker in the same situations, and made more mistakes in a test measuring abstract thinking.

The report’s co-author Derek Rucker, a professor at Kellogg School Of Management, told Kellogg Insight: “Just as professional athletes might put on empowering music before they take the field to get them in a powerful state of mind, you might try listening to bass-heavy music in certain situations where you want to be empowered.”

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