"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."
This article reinforces the power of positive thinking and how music can help.
"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".
I suppose for some people 'sad music' can be comforting !
"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."
Perhaps the moral of this article is to avoid listening to music whilst booking a hotel room !
An ancient practice linked with physical and mental benefits -- such as an improved immune system, lower blood pressure and positive brain changes -- could also aid in a more cultural matter: really getting into music.
A study which shows that 'mindfulness meditation' may actually enhance your engagement in music !
"Minor music is sad, and major music is happy, right? It's never been that simple - and a new study sheds more light on the link between music and emotions"
"Listening to music that's seen as 'sad' might release positive emotions. According to a study by researchers in Tokyo, listeners perceived the sadness in sad music, but felt both sadness and pleasure when the music was played."
Perhaps one can also conclude that "happy music" can possibly make you sad !
"Music unquestionably affects our emotions. We tend to listen to music that reflects our mood. When we’re happy we may listen to upbeat music; when we’re sad we may listen to slower, moving songs; when we’re angry we may listen to darker music with heavy guitar, drums, and vocals that reflect our level of anger."
One tends to forget sometimes how much music can influence our emotions !
According to British psychologist Glenn Wilson, music plays a very central role in the lives of people and is ranked highly among pleasures including (RT @Mistor_ME: Music For The Mind: The Psychology Of Music
So it makes sense to make music an important part of your life.
"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."
As Shakespeare said in Twelfth Night, "If music be the food of love, play on" !
... decide what to listen to. In addition to different tastes in music, there are times and places where it may not be appropriate to play something. The study shows that people agree that music changes with mood.
" There are three qualities of music that can influence buying behavior in a retail environment: tempo, volume and genre. The individual effects we will see in each of these can be explained by Mehrabian and Russell’s model of pleasure-arousal-dominance (PAD). At its most basic level, this model posits that an environment can alter an individual’s mood and therefore behavior by altering levels of pleasure, arousal and/or dominance through different channels."
I think the next time I go into a store which has background music it maybe wise to wear earplugs !
".... Pinker was probably right when he wrote: 'I suspect music is auditory cheesecake, an exquisite confection crafted to tickle the sensitive spots of...our mental faculties.' Or, to express his idea less graphically: music affects our brains at specific places, thereby stimulating the production of unique substances that have a pleasurable effect on our mood."
mmmm "auditory cheesecake", may I have another piece !
"You go to a concert with someone you know. You both hear the same music played by the same performers. But when you talk about it on the way out, you wonder if you were at two different concerts. Of course there’s an objective reality, but what varies from person to person are the mental processes,” says Richard Ashley, the School of Music’s codirector of graduate studies, associate professor of music cognition and theory, and coordinator of the music cognition program. “Music cognition is about trying to understand the mechanisms — both psychological and physiological — that allow musical experiences to take place."
It may be possible therefore that the music we hear is only in the 'ears of the beholder' ! ? ! ?
"For music, it turns out that humans are really wired to associate the emotions they feel with colors ...... . Scientists in UC Berkeley found this out when they subjected 100 participants to 3 experiments making them listen to 18 pieces of classical music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms (that differed in being slow, medium, fast and in major and minor keys) and made them pick the color they “see” from a palette of 37."
It is a colourful hypothesis, but colour could also be in th eye of the beholder ?