Some of us love dancing our hearts out to fast music, while a few enjoy the soothing classical piano; Some others are at peace with pop and the rest love rap and heavy metal. Why do you like Avril? While your friend loves Eminem ? Also, What can music do to our brain and heart? Why do our hearts melt on listening to melancholy tunes and brighten up on playing a soft, calm music? Let us explore the science behind music.
1. Music is said to reflect personalities
Scientists have discovered the psychology of music preference. They have grouped different musical genres to personalities. People who listen to classical music have been found to be more creative and are said to be highly intelligent. All the Metallica and other heavy metal lovers out there, are said to be more like the classical fans, but tend to have a low self-esteem. Rappers are generally classified as cheerful, outgoing people with very high self-esteems. If you love “A thousand years” by Christina Perry or “Love story” by Taylor, then you surely are said to be an extrovert who is honest and hardworking. Dance musicians are said to be cordial and assertive.
2. Music activates your right brain and sparks your creativity
Listening to good, calm music can actually let our imagination go wild. Many writers have claimed to have written articles and stories, while listening to music. A moderate noise level, in general, is associated with high flow rate of creative hormones within our body. So, the next time you sit with a pen and paper, make sure you play a light music in the background.
3. Music can help you solve math problems
A study at a Californian school has revealed that students who listened to music while solving problems did better than those who did not. Also, they have come up with “academic music”, a new technique to help children grasp the fundamentals of math. Now, don’t you forget to play Lady gaga’s songs while doing calculus!
4. Music as a therapeutic agent
Every hospital in the future would surely have Mozart or Beethoven playing, while patients are undergoing serious surgeries. Music has been found to have a positive impact on pain management. Music can also help cancer patients recoup. It can be used to change lives of children with autism. Rhythm is said to have helped autistic kids, who found it difficult to tie shoelaces on their own, to actually tie them! Music is also being used by people to relieve stress.
5. Music and Workouts
I’m sure all of us listen to music while at the gym. But have you wondered why? One obvious reason is because music bends our body and this keeps us active. It is used to distract our mind from the vigorous and tiring movements and finally, to make us go that extra mile, in order to achieve our best shape. Apart from gym, cardiac workouts in the form of dances are gaining new momentum.
Music not only affects humans, it is also said to cause varied responses on other species such as plants and animals. Now, that you know the ways in which music stimulates us, put on your ear phones and get going!