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Why Do We Enjoy Sad Music?

Why Do We Enjoy Sad Music? | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"Music can be a powerful presence in many aspects of people’s lives. It’s second only perhaps to smell in its power to bring back memories from decades ago and recall events or people you had very nearly forgotten."

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The many facets of music!
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The Adaptive Functions of Music Listening

The Adaptive Functions of Music Listening | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

Music is one of the most profound of all human creations. Music can transform our ongoing psychological state in an instant, and can also enhance psychological functioning across the lifespan.


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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, February 15, 5:05 PM

In other words, the soundtrack is everything!

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Music & How It Impacts Your Brain, Emotions

Music & How It Impacts Your Brain, Emotions | the psychology of music | Scoop.it
Music is a common phenomenon that crosses all borders of nationality, race, and culture. A tool for arousing emotions and feelings, music is far more powerful than language. An increased interest in how the brain processes musical emotion can be attributed...
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 We have a  .... "a tool for arousing emotions and feelings,.." and we call it 'MUSIC' !

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Music Psychology: The Power of Vibrational Frequency -

Music Psychology: The Power of Vibrational Frequency - | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"Have you ever wondered why you have a complete disdain for specific styles of music? 

This interesting phenomenon has been the subject of scientific inquiry, hoping to uncover the mystery as to why our musical preferences seem to be predetermined"

 

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Are we attracted to certain types of music and are these preferences predetermined?  

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Amandine Viale's curator insight, May 9, 2015 4:08 AM

Sommes-nous attirés par certains types de musiques et ces préférences seraient-elles prédéterminées ?

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Your music tastes could signal a midlife crisis - AOL.com

Your music tastes could signal a midlife crisis - AOL.com | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"The kind of music you have in your playlist could be a sign you're on the brink of a midlife crisis."

 

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You better check out your listening habits!

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The Psychology of Music in Restaurants

The Psychology of Music in Restaurants | the psychology of music | Scoop.it
In my experience, most restaurants play the wrong sort of music. While a lot of thought may have been given to the menu, the wine list, and the service, none whatsoever has been given to the music....
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As long as the music doesn't give me indigestion I can stomach most kinds of music while eating!

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How Music Affects and Benefits Your Brain

How Music Affects and Benefits Your Brain | the psychology of music | Scoop.it
I'm a big fan of music and use it a lot when working, but I had no idea about how it really affects our brains and bodies. Music is such a big part of our lives, and we react to it in many ways without even realizing.
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Something which I experience everyday myself.

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Why we love repetition in music - Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Why we love repetition in music - Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon".

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Humans are often more comfortable with the more familiar and music is no exception it seems?

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Just a few years of early musical training benefits the brain later in life | Science Codex

Just a few years of early musical training benefits the brain later in life | Science Codex | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

Older adults who took music lessons as children but haven't actively played an instrument in decades have a faster brain response to a speech sound than individuals who never played an instrument, according to a study appearing...


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How Music Can Improve Memory

How Music Can Improve Memory | the psychology of music | Scoop.it
The best way to remember facts might be to set them to music.

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Yes, music can have many uses!

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Hugo V. Monteiro's curator insight, September 22, 2014 8:25 AM

Being a musician myself, I often say that songs are life-bookmarks, It will always trigger a remembrance (most often the same one, albeit it can trigger a specific time of your past living) every time you listen to it.

I've always used music as a bookmark for certain aspects of my life that I want to remember easily in the future.

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The Psychological Effect of Music

The Psychological Effect of Music | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"One of the facts about the operation of the mind that is not known to everyone is that everything that you hear or see programs your mind. The child who was constantly being called names like dumb or fool grows up thinking that he really is dumb. A person who was told that he can't succeed, whether by other people or himself, will never succeed and a person who always watches comedy movies will tend to be more optimistic."

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This article reinforces the power of positive thinking and how music can help.

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Why We Like Sad Music - New York Times

Why We Like Sad Music - New York Times | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"SADNESS is an emotion we usually try to avoid. So why do we choose to listen to sad music?


Musicologists and philosophers have wondered about this. Sad music can induce intense emotions, yet the type of sadness evoked by music also seems pleasing in its own way. Why? Aristotle famously suggested the idea of catharsis: that by overwhelming us with an undesirable emotion, music (or drama) somehow purges us of it".

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I suppose for some people 'sad music' can be comforting !

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How Does Music Affect Your Hotel Decisions?

How Does Music Affect Your Hotel Decisions? | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"Music is becoming common on hotel websites, but does it really make us want to book a room?

A scientific study has come up with the answer: yeah, kinda. The journal Psychology of Music has published an article titled, "Congruency between instrumental background music and behavior on a website."

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Perhaps the moral of this article is to avoid listening to music whilst booking a hotel room !

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Lien Le's comment, May 6, 2015 2:09 AM
It's air funny when reading this article. Because I never thought that music can influence customers' decision in booking hotel rooms via a website. Music does really affect people's mind but it is not completely true everytime. For myself, if the site that I'm in has music, what I will do is to turn off the volume/music or just close the site. The research in the article shows that 80% of the participants chose a hotel room when they heard jazz, while 62.5% of the djembe listeners picked camping. However, the study didn't mention how many people that they surveyed. In my opinion, it is better to spend money on the hotel room , in the elevator or at the front hall instead of on the website. By having music in the hotel, it can change the customer's mood and therefore, their behaviour. They may spend more money on the facility or in the restaurant. On the other hand, if the hotel really wants to put music onto their website, they should carefully choose the genre of music. They shouldn't make people feel annoyed when listening to the music. And moreover, there should be options to turn down the volume or to stop it because the music playing may make their computer system slow down.
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Thank you for your comments on this article they were very interesting.
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What Is the Psychology of Music in 2016? - A Journal of Musical Things

What Is the Psychology of Music in 2016? - A Journal of Musical Things | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"When the music industry really wants you to hear a song, you will hear that song—over and over again. It’ll find your ears in pizzerias, at the pharmacy, ringing tinnily in gas station parking lots."

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A 'catchy tune' can earn you lots of money and turn you into a 'celebrity' !  
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Music & How It Impacts Your Brain, Emotions

Music & How It Impacts Your Brain, Emotions | the psychology of music | Scoop.it
Music is a common phenomenon that crosses all borders of nationality, race, and culture. A tool for arousing emotions and feelings, music is far more powerful than language. An increased interest in how the brain processes musical emotion can be attributed...

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playalongjon's curator insight, June 2, 2015 5:57 PM

 We have a  .... "a tool for arousing emotions and feelings,.." and we call it 'MUSIC' !

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The Psychology Of Music - hypebot

The Psychology Of Music - hypebot | the psychology of music | Scoop.it
Have you ever experienced a positive feeling or sensation when listening to a particular genre of music? If so, you are certainly not alone as research into the psychology of music has shown that melody can have a huge impact on our mood, outlook and even the level of confidence...
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Music can help to bring some happiness to your day!

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Hear the emotion in tweets turned into music beats

Hear the emotion in tweets turned into music beats | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"Scientists have devised mathematical algorithms for 20 emotions expressed in tweets that turn them into melodies and rhythms.

So feelings such as love, hate, anger, surprise, annoyance and trust each create their own individual sounds."

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Great to learn that we can harness the power of tweets and turn them into an emotional  musical experience!

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Music Is What Feelings Sound Like

Music Is What Feelings Sound Like | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"Most of us absolutely love music. We are compelled by it. We are provoked by it. We are moved by it. We are inspired by it. We feel connected to it. It reflects something profound about who we are and our experience of the world. ......Music can help us express emotion that is hard to verbalize."

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As long they are not too loud otherwise they could prove to be quite disturbing!

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A healing therapy: Food for soul, music

A healing therapy: Food for soul, music | the psychology of music | Scoop.it
Shruti Saxena How about a prescription for ear soothing music to fight and overcome stress and diseases? Sounds great isn't it? Welcome to the world of music therapy. No matter if you have just had a break-up or have started with a new relationship, music is one element that fits in every situation of life. Then why not use it as a healing therapy? Victor Hugo has rightly said: “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”.
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The versatility of music!

 

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Music cuts across cultures: Certain aspects of our reactions to music universal

Music cuts across cultures: Certain aspects of our reactions to music universal | the psychology of music | Scoop.it
Whether you are a Pygmy in the Congolese rainforest or a hipster in downtown Montreal, certain aspects of music will touch you in exactly the same ways.
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 There is an old saying 'Music Makes The World Go Round' !

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» How Music Heightens Our Experiences - World of Psychology

» How Music Heightens Our Experiences - World of Psychology | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

"Music has the capacity to heighten our daily experiences — to alter our emotional states, to enhance, transcend and inspire the present moment.

 

It’s certainly not a revelation that music affects our mood. A particular melody or lyrical narrative may trigger sadness, heartache, anger or other unpleasant emotions. (And I don’t like to run away from them; all emotions comprise the human experience.)"

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This article reiterates again the importance and influence of music in our everyday lives.

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How Repetition Enchants the Brain and the Psychology of Why We Love It in Music

How Repetition Enchants the Brain and the Psychology of Why We Love It in Music | the psychology of music | Scoop.it
"Music takes place in time, but repetition beguilingly makes it knowable in the way of something outside of time." "The repetition itself (How repetition enchants the brain and the psychology of why we love it in music
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Chanting also comes to mind!

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interconnectionss's curator insight, September 25, 2014 9:24 PM

So this is why I can remember every song I listen to, but everything I have learnt in my HSC seems like a vague, distant memory? 

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How music prevents organ rejection

How music prevents organ rejection | the psychology of music | Scoop.it
Music has a fundamental affect on humans. It can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, provide a distraction from pain, and improve the results of clinical therapy.

 

MUSIC: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=music

 


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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, August 7, 2014 12:48 PM

research from Japan on Mice - the only thing you need to know is this:


"They found that opera and classical music both increased the time before the transplanted organs failed, but single frequency monotones and new age music did not."


take that Yanni!


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Music And The Brain : Exploring The Interaction Between Music And The Brain

Music And The Brain : Exploring The Interaction Between Music And The Brain | the psychology of music | Scoop.it

So what can music neuroscience teaches us about the brain?

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A lot.

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Could your musical taste define your partner?

"A study in the Psychology of Music sighted music as a good reflection of our values, which is why we are drawn to people with the same musical tastes. Researchers apparently think that rock correlates with rebelliousness and social behaviour, while pop is connected to values about conforming and traditional gender roles."

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As  Shakespeare said in Twelfth Night,  "If music be the food of love, play on" !

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