Most of the people turn to music nowadays if they are feeling sad. Studies show that music can improve or alter a person’s mood. The University of Missouri conducted a research about how the choice of music can influence our life and our performances in our day-to-day work.
Music can give pleasure, change a person’s emotion or mood, and influence one’s perception depending on the choice of music.
In 2013, the University of Missouri published an article that states that when a person listens to a song that has an upbeat tone, it improves their daily performance. Participants also reported that they felt happier when they listen to upbeat music. The University of Groningen conducted a study that shows how music can influence a person’s perception. The participants were asked to identify facial expressions while listening to sad or happy music. Most of them correctly associated a sad music to a sad face and a happy music to a happy face. Music can also influence one’s physical and mental health. There are so many treatments for Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia that include music therapy. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America reported that a person responds strongly to music when it elicits a memory or a deep emotion. The Nature Neuroscience article in 2011 stated that listening to music helps the brain to produce dopamine. Dopamine has a major role in creating a sense of pleasure and it is associated with reward-motivated behaviors.
The Philips Research Laboratories did a research about the influence of music to one’s mood while driving. The study found out that music positively impacts a person’s mood while they are on the road.
In conclusion, music has influence to our subconscious. The overall feelings, lyrics and the theme can influence our perspective. We just need to be careful about our choice of music.