Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Physical Effects Of Music

There was a great article recently on truefire.com by Charlie Doom about "The 7 Effects Of Music On The Body." You can read the entire article for yourself, but I thought repeating a few of the more stunning facts would be appropriate.
  • A Canadian study found that listening to music at levels of 95+dB SPL can reduce your mental and physical reaction times by up to 20%. This supposedly only applies to operating heavy machinery (like a car), but you can probably expect your car insurance to go up if the insurance company discovers that your hobby is "car audio."
  • When the SPL level in a bar goes to 88dB, patrons drink at least one more beer during their stay, according to a French study. This explains why the juke boxes and background music is always so loud.
  • The human heart automatically tries to synchronize its beat with the tempo of a song, according to several studies. OK, that explains hit pop songs but what about punk music?
  • Music acts like a drug, according to some German research, in that it increases your level of seratonin when you hear music that you like. Seratonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for "good feelings." That's no surprise to most musicians, who already know they're hard-core junkies for the music they love. Of course, listening to unpleasant music has the opposite effect.
We inherently know that music is extremely powerful. Now there's true scientific research to validate what we already knew.

Click here to read the entire "7 Little Known Effects of Music on the Body" article.

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1 comment:

CaptainVictory said...

"When the SPL level in a bar goes to 88dB, patrons drink at least one more beer during their stay, according to a French study."

Speaking from personal experience, if the music is loud enough to interfere with my conversations, I tend to take more frequent sips. (Or are they chugs?) Boring conversations have the same effect!

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