Continuing from our previous threads, lets look at even more psychological benefits of listening to music!
7-Music Can Improve Motivation
There is a good reason why you find it easier to exercise while you listen to music — researchers have found that listening to fast-paced music motivates people to work out harder.
One experiment designed to investigate this effect tasked 12 healthy male students with cycling on a stationary bike at self-paced speeds. On three different trials, the participants biked for 25 minutes at a time while listening to a playlist of six different popular songs of various tempos.
Unknown to the listeners, the researchers made subtle differences to the music and then measured performance. The music was left at a normal speed, increased by 10 percent, or decreased by 10 percent.
So what impact did changing the music’s tempo have on factors such as distance cycled, heart rate, and enjoyment of the music? The researchers discovered that speeding up the tracks resulted in increased performance in terms of distance covered, the speed of pedalling, and power exerted. Conversely, slowing down the music’s tempo led to decreases in all of these variables.
Interestingly, research shows that listening to fast-paced music not only causes exercisers to work harder during their workouts; they also enjoy the music more.
So if you are trying to stick to a workout routine, consider loading up a playlist filled with fast-paced tunes that will help boost your motivation and enjoyment of your exercise regiment.
A good experiment to try is to try a fast paced work out with slow classical music on and seeing if you find it harder to complete the work out or if you go for a slow walk and put fast paced music on, do you find yourself speeding up ever?
8-Music Can Improve Your Mood
Another of the science-backed benefit of music is that it just might make you happier. In one examination of the reasons why people listen to music, researchers discovered that music played an important role in relating arousal and mood. Participants rated music’s ability to help them achieve a better mood and become more self-aware as two of the most important functions of music.
Another study found that intentionally trying to boost moods by listening to positive music could have an impact within two weeks. Participants were instructed to purposefully attempt to improve their mood by listening to positive music each day for two weeks. Other participants listened to music but were not directed to become happier intentionally. When participants were later asked to describe their own levels of happiness, those who had intentionally tried to improve their moods reported feeling happier after just two weeks.
I always find a long journey in a car is boosted by listening to music- largely uplifting my mood and particularly in a traffic jam, music helps raise my mood and keep me going until I get to my destination!