Hell, I’ll admit it – I’m a denizen of Cracked.com. I like sarcastic humor in list form. Not that this has any real affect on you and your life, but they published an article the other day with a title that clearly required my further investigation: “The 5 Ways Music Can Mess With the Human Brain.”
According to the article, these ways are:
- “It changes your ability to perceive time” – In some situations, such as working out or shopping, music can make the time go faster. But if you’re using music to help you study, you might want to rethink that – it may divide your attention and actually make time slow down.
- “It taps into primal fear” – This one mostly has to do with movie soundtracks, specifically horror movies. We’ve talked about that before (as has our de facto mascot Mr. Izzard), but the basic idea is that unsettling tones amp up your level of anxiety (devil’s triad, anyone?).
- “It makes you stronger” – I thought this was interesting – people who perform feats of strength, like holding heaving objects or distance running, can do it for a longer period of time when listening to music. Anyone who ever forgot their iPod for their daily workout could probably tell you that, but music may also limit feelings of pain.
- “It changes your drinking habits” – Wait, what? “What they play in the bar doesn’t just affect how much you drink, but what you drink.” Here’s a good example: people are more inclined to purchase expensive wine if classical music is playing (which is why my idea for a classical dive bar is such a good idea). The music playing can even inform how you describe the drink you have.
- “It makes you a better communicator” – More points to musicians! Studying music allows you to: better understand the emotions of others, keys you into subtle changes in vocal tone, and improves your focus, all of which improve your social skills.
So there you have it! Music generally does cool stuff. Also, classical music makes you classy. Dom Perignon, anyone?