For the past few weeks, we’ve talked about how music affects our minds and how different genres can impact the way we think and perceive the world. So now that we know the basics, the big question remains. Does it matter what kind of music we listen to? Let’s have a look.
First, let’s review what the pros and cons of listening to music are.
Studies have revealed that listening to music offers a variety of benefits. Music has been proven to boost moods, increase focus, lower stress, and reduce pain. It has also been shown to increase academic performance, and speed up recovery in stroke patients.
As far as cons, well there aren’t any really unless you count reduced productivity due to rocking out too hard.
Now back to the matter of musical genres. As we established in our previous blogs, the effect music has on us tends to correlate with the style of music. We learned that classical music can help boost IQ and increase focus. Pop music can boost energy levels. Rap music can inspire and motivate while helping to combat depression. Country music makes us reminisce. Jazz music boosts productivity, and heavy metal offers a sense of community.
So, which is the best style of music? The answer is simple. Whatever your favorite music is, that is the best music for you to listen to. While it’s true that you can reap many benefits from listening to various styles of music, the style that you like the most is going to have the greatest impact. So, go ahead and put on your favorite song, turn the volume up, and rock out to your heart’s content.
Well, that wraps up our little series on music’s effect on the brain. Make sure you check in next week to see what we’ll talk about next! Don’t forget to subscribe so you won’t miss it!
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