Music and psychology are closely related to each other and research explains why.
Music has always accompanied our life and in some way also helps us to mitigate situations that could be heavy or boring. Our state of mind is very influenced by music since the vibrations it releases go straight to our feelings. That’s why in happy, stressful, sad, fulfilling, melancholic or even monotonous moments we take refuge in an mp3 player or in playing a musical instrument.
The power of music is so strong that we use it, sometimes, even to console ourselves or to send a message to someone whom we would never have been able to articulate in words, partly out of fear, partly out of shyness. He could therefore even raise our mood or change it totally.
A research done in 2017 in Finland by a team of researchers in the psychology of music, has managed to produce a list on how the musical pieces listened to by a group of people have functions on our mood and how these are also related to activities to be carried out during any of our days.
This type of music can be heard during a trip, while we are reading a book, during the time when we dedicate ourselves to the usual household chores or while we get ready before going out.
It gives us a boost in the morning as soon as we wake up and can also be heard in the evening after a long day of work. Playing an instrument like Piano or something else you like to play fresh you all the Day according to the study.
This category of music, on the other hand, is used as an anti-stress, since it manages, in its conformity, to eliminate bad thoughts, to distract the surrounding world from our mind or even to fill a moment of boredom.
Recalling our past from time to time is not a bad idea, that’s why, this genre is fundamental as it can make us daydream and reconnect us to pleasant and unpleasant past memories, which can somehow make us observe our present from another point of view.
It is not difficult to identify what is the main objective of this type of songs, that is to free the mind from negative thoughts. Songs that can suppress pessimism, negative feelings and bad memories will therefore be selected to focus as much as possible on “stop thinking” and enjoy that particular moment.
Last but not least, there are the passages that can only help us overcome discouraging, depressing, disheartening moments, such as a finished love story, an illness or even a bereavement.
The beauty of music is precisely the fact that it can be seen and used in a thousand ways: to ensure that you never have to feel alone, to share an experience with friends or family, to immortalize and associate a certain ours event to a song.
We could find an infinite number of examples, the only certain thing is that, after all, music is necessary and indispensable for each of us and it is this certainty that we have that makes us understand how much music can make us feel truly alive. .
On the other hand, it is also important to underline the factor concerning the sound experience that stimulates, starting from early childhood, the intelligence and personality also deriving from the use of musical languages and how they are structured.
More than one research shows that listening to music during a pregnancy helps both to give a sense of serenity to the fetus and to psychologically unite mother and child. This is because a woman’s gestation period involves a series of psychological and physical changes, generating anxiety and stress during the nine months. In fact, listening to music is one of the most effective methods to reduce and regularize these emotional states. It is also suggested that you devote yourself to listening to classical music as the latter would seem to have the ability to relax and normalize the heartbeat, ease tension and optimize the mood.
There have been many experiments and researches carried out on classical music.
Most famous example is the “Mozart Effect”. Developed in 1993 by physicists Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher, it was found that listening to the sonata in D Major (KV 448) by maestro W. A. Mozart would cause an increase in the cognitive abilities of a group of people. Eighty-four students were divided into three groups and subjected to listening to three different music. The first group listened to easy-listening, the second a Mozart symphony, while the third listened to nothing, only silence. Immediately after the test, the students were subjected to a particular spatial reasoning test. The results were surprising. The second group that first listened to Mozart got 10 points higher response than the other two groups of students. Hence the “Mozart effect” was born.
They could not baptize him under another name, that of one of the greatest masters of classical music. One of the leading scholars of sound from a medical point of view, Alfred, states that “Mozart is an excellent mother, he causes the greatest healing effect on the human body”. This is because, summarizing a thought from his book.
The effects that Mozart’s music produces are simply due to the way in which it was composed and everything that was inserted into it by the composer. It can therefore be said that Mozart’s music affects the performance of our brain and some cognitive abilities, especially of a space-time type, on mathematical skills but not on purely spatial ones. This effect lasts for about 10 minutes after listening, in some cases even for 12.
In addition, the Mozart Effect is used in music therapy and is verifiable especially in epileptic patients. It should be emphasized that skepticism in this area is a must. Many scholars, immediately after the publication of the article “Music and spatial task performance”, which demonstrated the beneficial effects of the Sonata K 448 on the abilities of perception, expressed strong doubts about it. Some argued that the beneficial effect was linked only to the pleasure of listening, and depended on the appreciation of the piece and the feeling of relaxation that arises following any pleasant experience. But the authors of the article relaunched and demonstrated through an experiment on animals that the effect was also produced in groups of mice whose mothers had been subjected during pregnancy to listening to the miraculous sonata.
We can venture by saying that music in addition to being a means of accompaniment to our days and our lives, on the whole it is also a language no less important than the visual, bodily or verbal one, capable of expressing one’s own ideas, concepts and feelings. and fundamentals of each individual.