The Effect Of Music On Life

The impact of music on life

Music is a global language that can evoke emotions and unique senses. Sometimes, even if we hear someone singing in a language unknown to us, we are still able to feel what the song is about to convey, even if we don’t know what its lyrics mean. We know that a singer expresses something joyful, sad, dramatic and so on. The effect of music on our souls varies greatly.

Music is like chocolate, almost everyone likes it. This has always been the case. Ever since different cultures began to form, rhythmic voices have had their place where we can discuss our feelings. This particular mode of expression has existed in all age groups and civilizations and in many different ways.

Without realizing it, we tend to experience music as a way of expressing the emotions that burden us. We find a place in music where these emotions can flow freely without harming anyone. In other cases, we dance together and let the rhythm of the music guide us. Sometimes, on the other hand, we resort to music to calm down, or maybe seek help to study or work. But how does music really affect our minds?

Music experiments

The Faculty of Psychology at BUAP University in Mexico conducted an interesting experiment led by Professor Roberto Valderrama Hernández. His goal was to find the effect of “heavy” music on anxiety. By “heavy” music, we refer to music that has an irregular, fast, and distinctive rhythm and is played at a high volume. So in practice we are talking about heavy metal.

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The study included 137 participants. Among them were 31 men and 106 women. The average age was 20 years and they were all psychology students. First, they did an experiment to measure their level of anxiety. Then they had to listen to snippets of heavy metal for 5 minutes at a time. In total, they listened to music for 47 minutes.

The researchers found that during these listening moments, participants became more restless. They expressed it by constantly changing their position and making unpredictable hand and foot movements.

Valderrama came to the conclusion that such stimulating music increased the level of anxiety. The explanation for this is that such a rhythm strongly stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn increases physical and mental tension. If it is not released during movements such as dancing and jumping, energy builds up and causes anxiety-like symptoms.

The positive effect of music

The fact that music generates energy is not a problem in itself. The problem arises when this energy cannot be released by performing some physical activity. “Heavy” or loud music is awesome in situations that require energetic or competitive behavior.

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On the other hand, music also has the ability to relax us. It can be achieved with music genres that have more regular, slower rhythms and are lower in volume. Classical or instrumental music and lighting can help us calm down. They are used in places where radiation therapy is used or aggressive drug treatments are performed.

Science has been able to state that the rhythms of music stimulate different areas of the brain. In fact, research from the University of Florida suggests that rhythms of music provide more brain activity than any other known stimulus. These are the main positive effects of music:

  • It strengthens learning and memory.
  • It regulates stress-related hormones.
  • It evokes pleasant experiences and memories.
  • It affects heart rate, blood pressure and pulse.
  • It modulates the speed of brain curves.
the effect of music on the brain

Researchers have also proven that good music strengthens the immune system, making it healthier. There is a reason why cows gave more milk when Mozart’s sonatas are played to them. It is also no coincidence that the plants bloom more when music plays in the background. It is important to find a rhythm that can benefit us in all situations. That way, music can have a really positive impact on our lives.

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