The Positive Psychological Effects of Music  

musicResearch has shown that music therapy has tons of benefits to ourselves. Listening to music can be entertaining, but can equally offer a lot of benefits. Music acts as a source of both pleasure and contentment. Additionally, it has other different psychological benefits. Music can influence your thoughts, behavior, and actions. The psychological effects of music can be deep and more pronounced than you may think.

Here are among the many uses of music in psychological therapy.

Music Therapy

We use music therapy as an intervention in promoting emotional help and helping patients cope with stress and boost their psychological well-being. Research suggests that your taste of music provides insights into the different aspects of your personality. Psychologists may suggest music therapy to those people suffering from anxiety and having a hard time to relax their mind. Music therapy can also be used to manage pain.

Improving cognitive performance

Research suggests that background music – that is music that you play as you listen as you focus on other activities can greatly improve performance on cognitive tasks. Playing more upbeat music can lead to improvements in processing speed with downbeat music leads to a lot of benefits in memory.

Improving Memory

memoryA lot of students enjoy listening to music while carrying out their studies. Some argue that listening to their favorite music improves their retention on what they study.  Others point out that music serves as a pleasant distraction. Research shows that listening to music helps, but it may depend on a variety of tasks. These factors include the type of music, how the listener enjoys the music and the neutrality of the music as well.

 

Managing Pain

Music can help to manage pain. A study showed that patients suffering from fibromyalgia and those who listened to music for about an hour everyday experiences and a greater reduction in pain as compared to those who didn’t listen to music in that control group. There is a relationship between the effects of music on patients who listened to music before, during and after a surgery. Other studies have shown that patients who listened to music required less medication to manage their pain.

Music may also help you sleep better. Insomnia is a serious problem and affects people of different age groups. There are many approaches to treating insomnia and one of the most commonly used ways is music. Listening to relaxing classical music can be the effective, safe and affordable remedy.

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