The 21st century brings us surprises at every moment that we should be used to. For a long time we had sensed that music, in addition to the enjoyment of sound it represents, can be used as an effective instrument against important organic ailments, especially those related to the emotional structure.
And in this great period of pandemic, music is an invaluable help.
Classical music, for example, has been shown to have certain therapeutic properties. Musical notes stimulate, invade, or soothe, calm the mood. Scientists are experimenting with the effects of Alpha and Beta Wave vibrations on the mind. Alpha waves originate primarily in the occipital lobe (the back of the brain) during periods of relaxation, tranquility, and well-being. Beta waves are related to a state of alertness and conscious attention. They are recorded when the person is awake and in full mental activity.
Thus, any musical work that produces around 60 beats per minute, can alter the state of brain waves, the well-being of consciousness and its special perception. Such is, for example, the impact of certain baroque pieces or pieces with a select atmosphere.
Some type of music tends to balance the rhythmic processes of respiration and metabolism, avoiding depressive thoughts and impulsive behaviors. The influence of music is so evident that a contemporary philosopher said that Wagner’s works made him breathe with difficulty, and overcame his emotional state, making him lose his calm, his serenity.
Mozart’s great compositions are the most and best used to strengthen memory and concentration. Tuning in to music is said to be tuning in to the heart, particularly if your beats respond to all musical variations like frequency, time, and volume. In this regard, it must be said that excessive rock noise alters blood pressure by up to 10 percent, according to a report from the University of South Carolina.
Also the tone and flexibility of the muscular system are influenced by musical tone, sound and vibration. There is music for everything: to control body temperature, for the natural production of endorphins that have to do with euphoria, pleasure, serenity and depression. There are melodies to stop smoking, to disappear chronic pain. In short, as I said, tuning in to music is tuning in with the best of ourselves: with the language of the spirit.
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The latest findings in neurology, psychology and biology seem to show that it is: listening to pleasant melodies not only modifies our mood, but can also have a very positive influence on human cognitive development, on the stimulation of our intelligence and even on health . Until very recently, these questions had not received the attention of science, but now, the study of the relationships between music and well-being has become a fertile source of research and, thanks to them, we begin to find answers to some questions secular.
It is possible that the music remotely mimics the organization of internal rhythms of our body, such as the heartbeat, the time of the breath or the vocal loudness of the words. In this way it could be explained why all the musical manifestations of the world have a common emotional base.
The British psychologists John Sloboda (b.1950) and Patrik Juslin (b.1979) from Keele University have studied this phenomenon in depth and have related it to the human being’s capacity for surprise.
According to Juslin and Sloboda, the origin of this feeling is in language. All human beings share an inherited code to interpret speech. In any language, anger manifests itself by screaming and affection by whispering. No matter what race we belong to, the minimal emotional rudiments of speech are universally recognizable.
The same thing happens with music. The studies of these two psychologists with hundreds of volunteers show that, unfailingly, slow melodies with descending cadence generate feelings of sadness in those who listen to them while ascending cadences produce stimulating feelings.
The conjunction of these effects causes a cascade of emotions in the human brain. But the main question is whether this mechanism is biological or cultural.
Does music act this way because our genes dictate it or is it that human culture has developed a limited type of sound manifestations?
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