How the Hum of a Coffee Shop Can Boost Creativity - NYTimes.com

Having trouble getting creative? It may just be that the sounds in your workplace are not at quite the right level to enhance your creativity: 

"Pulling up a seat at your favorite coffee shop may be the most efficient way to write a paper or finish a work project. But now a new Web site lets you bring the coffee shop to your cubicle.

The site, called Coffitivity, was inspired by recent research showing that the whoosh of espresso machines and caffeinated chatter typical of most coffee shops creates just the right level of background noise to stimulate creativity. The Web site, which is free, plays an ambient coffee shop soundtrack that, according to researchers, helps people concentrate."

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