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Psychological Effects Of Music

Psychological Effects Of Music

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Music. Melody, words, poems are what makes a music, and that is what's making human commune and socialize for centuries. Music affects us in powerful ways. Do you tap your toes, bop your head, cry, smile, or even feel a little frisky when you hear certain songs? More than something we enjoy, it affects our emotions and thoughts. Which somehow affects our life. Music has the ability to affects our brains in a huge capability and of people of any age, from a kid to an old person. So, turn on your favourite music and keep reading.

Music is intertwined within society and has been its way throughout history. Every known culture of the world has music. It is one of the basic action and need for human beings. As there were no recording mechanism at early times so we don't have any evidence of pre-historic melody but we do have found pre-historic music instruments. The influence of music on society can be clearly seen from modern history. Music helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence. When he could not figure out the right wording for a certain part, he would play his violin to help him. The music helped him get the words from his brain onto the paper. Then we have Albert Einstein who as a kid loved to play violin and himself confessed that melody is the reason behind his smartness. He loved the music of Mozart and Bach the most.

As we move down from the past to the present, many research were held by different scientists around the world on the effects of music. As per such research, it says children's around the age of 8-12, who received at least 3 years of instrumental music training developed higher verbal IQ and visual abilities in comparison to those with no training (https://goo.gl/AxKCD4). Have you ever felt chills down your spine while listening to a song? According to a study, over 90% of humans have. But the rate depends on the personality of the person, people who are high in one of the five personality traits i.e. 'openness to experience' are likely to feel most chills while listening music and also most likely to play a musical instrument. Music can help deal with the stress and anxiety associated with having treatment for coronary heart disease. A review of 23 studies covering almost 1,500 patients found that listening to music reduced their rate, blood pressure and anxiety in heart disease patients (Bradt & Dielo, 2009). Classical music from the baroque period makes the heart beat and pulse rate to relax according to the beat of the music. Music affects the amplitude and frequency of brain waves. Mozart's music and barque music at the rate of 60 beats per minute activates the left and the right brain simultaneously. This effects the learning and retention of information taking it to a maximized level. Thus music helps the brain in memorising. Mood Management is another important effect of music. And every fan of music know that it has relieving effect. But it's still idiosyncratic that for some people sad music can improve their mood (in the right circumstances though). According to a study by Kawakami et al. (2013), sad music is enjoyable because it creates a riveting blend of emotions, some positive, some negative. It uplifts the conscience of the mind and makes thinking an integral effect in the brain.

One just cannot refute the capability of music. High school students who study music have higher grade point averages than those who don't. Students listening skills are also enhanced through music education. Hungary, Japan and the Netherlands are top three academic countries in the world and all places have a great emphasis on music. The top engineers in the Silicon Valley are all musicians and even Napoleon understood the enormous power of music. He summed it up by saying 'Give me control over he who shapes the music of a nation, and I care not who makes the law'.

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Soham Biswas

Soham Biswas

Music-lover, passionate about football and a beard, supports Chelsea, co-founded Out Of The Syllabus

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