Music has a fundamental affect on humans. It can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, provide a distraction from pain, and improve the results of clinical therapy.
"One of the facts about the operation of the mind that is not known to everyone is that everything that you hear or see programs your mind. The child who was constantly being called names like dumb or fool grows up thinking that he really is dumb. A person who was told that he can’t succeed, whether by other people or himself, will never succeed and a person who always watches comedy movies will tend to be more optimistic."
This article reinforces the power of positive thinking and how music can help.
"So what can music neuroscience teaches us about the brain? In the YouTube video below, Aniruddh Patel, of the Neurosciences Institute discusses just what music can reveal to us about the mind and the brain. He then goes on to explore just what brain science can subsequently teach us about music and how it affects the brain itself."
"SADNESS is an emotion we usually try to avoid. So why do we choose to listen to sad music?
Musicologists and philosophers have wondered about this. Sad music can induce intense emotions, yet the type of sadness evoked by music also seems pleasing in its own way. Why? Aristotle famously suggested the idea of catharsis: that by overwhelming us with an undesirable emotion, music (or drama) somehow purges us of it”.
I suppose for some people ‘sad music’ can be comforting !
"A study in the Psychology of Music sighted music as a good reflection of our values, which is why we are drawn to people with the same musical tastes. Researchers apparently think that rock correlates with rebelliousness and social behaviour, while pop is connected to values about conforming and traditional gender roles."
As Shakespeare said Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on” !
"Music is becoming common on hotel websites, but does it really make us want to book a room?
A scientific study has come up with the answer: yeah, kinda. The journal Psychology of Music has published an article titled, “Congruency between instrumental background music and behavior on a website.”
Perhaps the moral of this article is to avoid listening to music whilst booking a hotel room !
… decide what to listen to. In addition to different tastes in music, there are times and places where it may not be appropriate to play something. The study shows that people agree that music changes with mood.
We spend most of our lives trying to be happy. And yet when we’re feeling sad we put on a tear-jerker tune and wallow in our misery. Why?
There are people I suppose who listen to ‘sad music’ even when they they are ‘feeling happy’, perhaps it brings some sense of comfort and makes them feel happier ?