Powerful Effect of Music on People
by cclar6 on November 5, 2013 - 12:02am
Music is one of the most powerful forms of media depended on by people of all ages, and in my opinion, teenagers in particular. Just a simple melody can evoke such raw emotion and in many cases, help clarify feelings that a person can’t express in their own words. R. MacDonald’s findings of the effect of music on the mind prove that music can actually be used in a medicinal manner. It can have such an intense effect that it can actually calm feelings of anxiety, and increase tolerance to physical, mental or emotional pain. I find this to be extremely relevant, because when your favorite song comes on the radio, it seems to be an almost instant distraction. Whether or not the distraction is good or bad, it is inevitable that music can make you forget any other problems and just focus on the lyrics and the factors in life that are within your control.
“A key question raised by these studies is to what extent the structural features of the music (e.g. tempo, mode, rhythm etc) were important in facilitating the therapeutic effects,” (MacDonald, 2013). The main point the author is raising is that different genres of music can evoke different emotions and responses in the brain. Opera and classical styles can affect a person’s mind so deeply as to increase tolerance to different varieties of pain. Self-selected styles of music typically listened to depending on an individual’s taste in style can cause many different effects, however. In most cases, it can pose more of a distracting influence and shorten attention span and cause increased emotional effects rather than a neutral, wordless genre of music. All in all, the type of music, dependent on the key and pitch, can have drastically different influences on different people.
MacDonald, Raymond A.R. "Music, Health, and Well-being: A Review." International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-Being 8.13 (2013): 1-15. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. <http://ehis.ebscohost.com.ezproxy2.drake.brockport.edu/ehost/detail?sid=....