Music can have quite the influence on us, as we can frequently tell by listening to the things we like. Happy music makes us happy, sad music makes us sad. Things in between, well, it depends on our mood. Those are all superficial views of something that goes much deeper. Music can have an effect on us which is at times physiological, and at other times, psychological. Let’s take a look at how and in which cases.
The Effect of Music on Decision-Making
Music can have quite the effect on decision-making, albeit not directly. People think that music can influence our decision-making, but the truth is that it has an effect on our mood. Happier music is shown to help people make better choices, and upbeat music helps them make those choices faster. Slower music, sad music, often makes people wait longer before committing to a decision, and those decisions are statistically worse than the ones which came after hearing a happy song.
These phenomena can be witnessed at casinos, where music is often played, sometimes happier, sometimes sadder. It is worth noting that a study was also performed on the influence of music on the quality of our decision-making.
The Effects of Music on Stress Levels
Music is often used to control stress and stress-related problems. The type of music listened to depends on the listener, but more often than not, slower music, sometimes even classical. Music can have a relaxing effect, but it also helps us identify the emotions which cause stress, and after all, the causes of stress. Music by its own, can help us relax, but with a therapist, we can find a relaxation trigger, a song, melody, rhythm which relaxes us. Practicing that can lead to reinforced relaxation methods, which come more frequently, practically on demand. People just think of melodies and find them relaxed.
The Effects of Music on the Brain
People with aphasic disorders are often treated using music. The part of the brain responsible for language is damaged in some way in aphasic people. Music helps here, as many people who have trouble speaking (Broca’s aphasia), often find themselves in surprise when they are able to sing the lyrics of their favorite song with ease. The center for music is in a different part of the brain, one that is also more than happy to take over the language part, if asked nicely. Music provides you with the means of asking such a question.
The Effects of Music on the Quality of Life
Music is often used as a way of improving one’s quality of life. Just listening to music is an amazing experience, but letting it in completely, in other words, focusing on the music, the lyrics, the varieties in one’s voice, or instrument playing, can be a very powerful experience. Using these things as focus points, a person can learn a lot about themselves and definitely about the music they are listening to. Music can have an effect on our mood, which is more than enough, as sometimes the right mood is all that is necessary for a change.
Music for the Sake of Music
The best part of music, which has an effect on us, is just that, the music. Some songs have an unexplainable effect, at certain points in time. A note, a sound, a bend of the strings, and you feel the chills, your hairs standing up, or even start crying. Music can reach us in ways many other types of art cannot.
Music is necessary in our lives, an integral part which can make us feel good and even heal us, on some occasions.