How does Music makes you feel? And Why? Psychology of Music

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Music has the ability to stir something emotional in ourselves. For some that emotion is liberating and peace of mind, which they want to get when life turns to seem boring, an surrounding humans become unendurable. For some it is inspiration, happiness. No matter what kind of emotion, music makes you feel something. But which emotion does it stirs and why?

Sometimes the music brings back some memory, a pure nostalgia about the time when you heard that song the first time.

So, what is the connection between the emotion that gets stirred and the situation and type of music do you listen? What is the psychology of music? Keep on reading to find out.

Psychology of Music

As it is clear that music has the ability to change mood of any person. Whether they are studying, working out, doing some labor or just relaxing.

Dr. Harry Witchel of Bristol University, did research on emotional responses to music. In his research, he found that the heart-rates of a person decreases during a song (which he relates to concentration) and then rises up again when the song is finished.

That research suggests that the feeling music generates is similar to all people. But in real life it is kind of hard to find music that has the same value to a lot of people.

However, it is obvious that the certain sounds stir up the same emotion in almost every person. This technique is hugely used in movies and TV.

For Example, in horror movies, the soundtrack does not usually have too much frequency shifts and has some sort of creepiness to it for stirring up fear and building tension. Like, the Insidious Main Them has creepiness to it.

While in other cases, the purpose of the film-maker is to inspire you, then music is uplifting, like the famous theme from Rocky Movie.

According to another research, Classical music reduces tension, while drum rock instigates hostility. However, it also been noted that emotional response to music is dependent upon your taste and the kind of music the person grew up with.

Almost all researches agree on one thing, that how music makes you feel is not just dependent on one variable. The most common variables that control how does the music make you feel are:

  • FAMILIARITY: What is your relationship with any kind of music? Like nostalgia. What was the your mood or emotion you were in, when you first heard that song.
  • SETTING: The situation you are in when you are listening to a music.
  • VOLUME: The amplitude and volume on which music is playing at.
  • LEVEL OF CONCENTRATION: It also affects how you feel.
  • MOOD: Mood also controls how music makes you feel. That is why some songs are paradise sometimes, and sometimes they are like hell.

So, how music makes you feel? There are more than one factors according psychological research.

Effect of Music on Productivity

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Spotify is among the top music streaming services in the world

Listening to music is a daily routine for almost every person nowadays. IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industry) published a report in which they conducted a survey on people from 21 countries including USA, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Russia and more, for the year 2019.

The survey concluded that almost 54% percent of people in these 21 countries say that they are fanatical about music and listen to it 0.5-1 hour at-least daily. And only 2.5% which is a very small portion, say that music is unimportant to them at all. The rest of the stats are in infographic below:

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So, how does music affect our productivity? Does it improve or hinder our performance?

The answer not straight forward to that.

While it is known that noise stresses the brain. However, it is also known that calm music relaxes our brain and intensifies creativity.

There is also a theory termed as “Mozart Effect”, that answer whether music hinders or improves productivity.

Mozart Effect

Mozart Effect is among the most popular scientific concepts surrounding music.

The “Mozart Effect” is the name given to a theory that classical music makes you smarter. The term coined by Dr. Gordon Shaw, suggests that classical music has the tendency to increase the IQ of a person by 9 points.

The basis of this theory is that classical music boosts spatial reasoning, which is the ability to perceive and understand relations between objects and space.

Other Known Benefits

Other popularly known benefits music on productivity and well-being are:

  • Repairing Brain Damage: According to some researchers, music repairs brain damage, as it starts the process of neurogenesis in the human brain.
  • Music improves language Proficiency: According to researchers, music and speech go hand in hand, and learning a language becomes very easy if learned via its music.
  • Music therapy helps children with Autism: As according to researchers, music lights up the entire brain of the listener, which is why it is considered to be the best way of therapy for children with autism.

Wrapping Up

We kind of went to far from how does music make you feel, Didn’t we?

Anyway, How does music makes you feel? What is the emotion, that stirs up in you when you hear music? Comment Below Please

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