Music + Hope

Music + Hope

October 03, 2017 | Blog

Does music have the power to change people? 

According to an article by Science Daily, the answer is yes (well sort of).  They found that music affects mood and as a result, changes the way you view the world around you.  They based this off a research experiment where individuals listened to music that was either upbeat or not.  After listening, these people were shown faces and asked to label them "happy" or "sad".  The researchers found that people would label a neutral face as happy if they had just listened to upbeat music, and sad if the music was depressing.  This is interesting because the test subjects were projecting emotion based on music.  Let's have the scientist explain it: 

"Seeing things that are not there is the result of top-down processes in the brain.  Conscious perception is largely based on these top-down processes: your brain continuously compares the information that comes in through your eyes with what it expects, on the basis of what you know about the world.  The final result of this comparison process is what we eventually experience as reality." 

Kind of cool, huh?

There is also research being done to learn if music can help people with aggression and antisocial behaviors.  Here in our hometown, at the University of Louisville, music is being used to help premature infants heal, by soothing them and promoting brain development.

For me, it's hopeful that music has a deeper power in people and maybe, if we are lucky, music will help to mend what is breaking...   

Elizabeth Morrison
Elizabeth Morrison

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