And how can I talk about music, without sharing some of the most amazing things I have learnt about its power, magic and impact! Yes, you heard it right! Music has an amazing effect on our minds and bodies, some consciously and some subconsciously! Do you want to know more? Read on…
1. Happy/sad music affects how we see neutral faces:
Our brains actually respond differently to happy and sad music. Even short pieces of happy or sad music can affect us. So when we hear happy music, we are likely to interpret a neutral expression as happy, in line with the music they heard.
Another amazing thing is that we can understand the emotions of a piece of music without actually feeling them! Don’t believe me? Well, think about the times you are on a long drive, its raining softly and you are having a wonderful time. Now a piece of soft sad music comes up on radio, did you feel as sad along with it? No, right? You actually enjoyed it!
2. Ambient noise can improve creativity
Remember those exam days when music made us learn better? Or those crazy deadlines where music increased our output? Studies have reported that a moderate noise level is the sweet spot for creativity. How it works is that moderate noise levels increase processing difficulty which promotes abstract processing, leading to higher creativity.
3. Our music choices can predict our personality
This one is a no brainer. Understanding the kindso f songs a person enjoys listening to, can tell you a lot of things obvious and subtle. It opens a window to the listener’s personality traits. It not only tells which generation, background, culture or school of thought a person comes from; it may even tell you his or her affiliations, interests and belief systems!
4. Music helps us exercise
Yes, you heard that right! Now, you know all those tracks you hear in gyms have a reason behind them? In 1911, an American researcher, Leonard Ayres, found that cyclists pedaled faster while listening to music than they did in silence. Listening to music can drown out our brain’s cries of fatigue. So it is great that music doesn’t let us feel tired easily, and the brain never gets a signal (or gets it much later) that we are tired – hence it continues to work out and exercise!
So, what do you think? These are just very very few reasons to believe that music is magical! There are so many more! Do you still need more reasons to put on that music system or radio and listen to something soothing or something peppy? 🙂