For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about music on the brain. We’ve had discussions about how music is heard and how it affects us physically and emotionally and how different types of music have different effects on us. Last week we talked about classical, pop, and rap music can help us achieve goals such as stay more focused, get energized, or help us cope with our lives. This week we’re continuing the music genre discussion to take a look at how Country music, jazz music, and heavy metal can help us too.
As our resident artist, Stanford Lee once said, country music is “a longing for home and hardship, and some drinking and heartache. It’s a story I can tell…” Country music, in short, is about our lives and experiences steeped in heartfelt memories and tradition. Because of country music’s use of universal stories of humanity, the genre can unify and connect listeners creating a community of shared experiences
Because of its complexity, Jazz Music has a way of forcing listeners into interpreting the music rather than following a specific melody or rhythm. The experimental and often improvised musical behavior and increase neural stimulation, engaging the mind, increasing motivation, and boosting productivity. Smooth jazz on the other hand has a different effect resulting in stress reduction, lowered blood pressure, and even in some cases reduce pain.
It’s loud, it sounds angry, it’s the perfect way to get your heart pumping. Studies have shown that the fast-paced tempos and guttural tones in heavy music have many benefits to the human mind. Despite it’s fuming overtones, Heavy Metal music has been found to help combat feelings of anger and depression by reducing the cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body. In addition to biological reactions, Heavy Metal fans have also been found to have an increased sense of community due to the scene’s strong network of fans. Studies have also shown that younger fans of Heavy Metal listeners have a higher chance of growing up to become happier and well-adjusted individuals, and listeners of the genre also report feeling less angry after listening leading researchers to believe that Heavy Metal may be an effective way to regulate emotions.
By now we’ve talked about six musical genres and their effects on our brains and emotions. But the big question here is, does it matter what kind of music we listen to? Join us next week to get the big answer. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss it!
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