Have you ever listened to a song and it gave you goosebumps? Has a song ever made you cry or made you angry? Chances are, one of these has happened to you at least once in your life.
Think about people at the gym or before a game listening to “Eye of the Tiger” to get pumped up and improve their workout. There’s something about music that evokes a psycho/physiological response in us. What is that “something”?
Over the years, there have been numerous studies done on music therapy for the treatment of cardiac issues, people who are in a vegetative state, depression, anxiety, etc. But why have people experimented with music for treatment at all?
Studies have shown that our heart rate tends to sync with the music we’re listening too. Music with slower beats equals a slower heart rate and a calmer feeling. The faster the music, the faster our heart beats and the more anxious we feel. It seems logical, right?
Music tastes are subjective. That being said, the vast majority of humans who want to relax will not turn to heavy metal music! Instead, they may turn to classical music or music with a slower beat. There’s no denying music’s effect on our mood.
Although there can be much more said about music and its effect on our mood, the simple fact is that we don’t need science to tell us we are affected by sound. So, the next time you’re feeling anxious, put on some Mozart or Bach, sit back and let the rhythm take you away.