Different genres correspond to our personality. For instance:
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Our brains respond differently to happy or sad music.
One study revealed that participants interpreted a neutral expression as happy or sad to match the tone of the music they heard.
A moderate noise level is ideal to improve our creativity. It increases the processing difficulty which stimulates abstract processing, leading to higher creativity.
High noise levels impair our creative thinking because we feel overwhelmed and struggle to process information properly.
Another study tested drivers while listening to their own choice of music, silence or “safe” music provided by the researchers. The results showed that drivers made more mistakes and drove more aggressively when listening to their own choice of music. Unfamiliar music resulted in safer driving.
One study indicated that children who had three years or more of musical instrument training performed better in:
In one small study, stroke patients showed improved visual attention while listening to classical music. Silence resulted in lower scores.
An American researcher, Leonard Ayres, found that cyclists pedaled faster while listening to music than they did in silence.
This is because music overrides the signals of fatigue while we are exercising, and our bodies do not realize we are tired.
Fast melodies make time seem to accelerate. Slow songs make time seem to slow down.
Grocery store checkout lines and waiting rooms both use music because it alters a person’s judgment of time.
For low-immersion or physical tasks, music with lyrics can offer huge benefits. But trying to engage in language-related tasks( e.g. writing ) while listening to lyrics would be akin to holding a conversation while another person talks over you… while also strumming a guitar. Lyrics are often a no-go.