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=....

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I have chosen to comment on this piece of work because I feel that it is something that isn’t discussed a lot, but it makes a lot of sense when a person thinks about it. Music does, personally, distract me from whatever is on my mind when I listen to it, and the fact that someone decided to study this idea is quite interesting to me. However, I did not realize that opera and classical music had this effect on people; I figured it was the same as any other genre that people enjoy and depended solely on the person, learning this was interesting. I personally connect with the idea that music can cause different effects, depending on the style I am listening to I have different feelings towards it. I feel that it is relevant to do a study on this as well, because the more I think about it, the more I realize how realistic the idea that music affects people is. I also found it interesting that one can use music for medicine; I didn’t realize that it had such an impact on people that it could actual help people who are in pain. However, if music does cause effects on people’s lives, I can see how this would work. I think you wrote a very informative piece that gave me insight to what music can truly do, and it was also quite interesting to read and see the effects of music.

I have always found it interesting how music has the power to change how we feel emotionally, but didn’t really know it could affect us physically too! I have noticed personally that different genres of music do make me feel differently, whether it is happy, relaxed, anxious, or any other emotion. For instance, when I’m studying I can only listen to very faint classical-esque music. Other lyrical pop music makes me feel distracted from my work and I can’t seem to focus because all I want to do is sing along! In other instances, swimmers and athletes will listen to a favorite song to either excite them or ease their nerves before they perform. That being said, it should not come as a surprise that the music that can so powerfully alter our emotions could have an actual medicinal healing effect on our physical well being.
If I had to guess, I would say that classical type music has the highest influence of pain reduction because it is relatively calming, soothing, and earnest compared to rap or other genres. Today, what we hear on the radio is just the same repeated meter, tonality, and form of all the other pop songs. Classical and operatic music tend to differ, and perhaps this difference from the typical sounds we regularly hear is what provides the higher pain tolerance. I think this was an extremely interesting topic to write about because there are so many pills and treatments that are researched, but music is one of the hidden beauties of medicine that people don’t normally recognize. Your summary of the article was great because I was able to get a lot of information without being bored. Also, I like how you discussed the key question from the article.

I found this view to be extremely interesting and I agree with the point being made. Any form of music can have an effect on a person. I know personally, that depending on the mood I am in or want to be in, I play a different kind of music. For example if I am perhaps feeling a little down I will either play slow sad country music to go with my mood or maybe pump up music to lift me up. Music can change or sooth any mood or feeling if you listen to the right style for the moment. Also I have always been fascinated with movie scores or soundtracks. The composition of some movie soundtracks literally make the movie. For example the “Lord of the Rings” soundtrack literally gives me chills in certain parts of the movie and incites so many emotions throughout the movie in any audience. When your body has an involuntary response to music then I definitely believe music influences the way people feel and act. I found a video on YouTube that puts a funny twist on how music influences movies but still gets the point across to viewers. It shows a scene from “The Pirates of the Caribbean” with the original soundtrack to it at first but then switches to multiple other types of music to show how the scene can change with the same look but different music. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn9V0cN4NWs

This post made me think about an issue I had not considered before. I agree with this 100%. Music is a big part of life. I do not know anyone that does not listen to music at some point in their life. People listen to music for so many different reasons and for multiple reasons. Some to take stress away. Others just to drown out the noises around them. I listen to music for multiple reasons. Mainly because when I am alone I do not like the quietness. Music also has its way of changing peoples’ moods rapidly. I am always listening to music. It makes me feel better. However I will agree with that fact that it distracts people. In my case I feel it sometimes distracts me from my work because I am so focused on picking a song I can deal with opposed to getting my work done. In The Power of Music, Elena Mannes explores how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care (NPR). Mannes says “music also has the potential to help people with neurological deficits." A stroke patient who has lost verbal function — those verbal functions may be stimulated by music," she says (NPR).” I could see how this would be effective. Music was a wonderful creation and will continue to be as it continues to grow and develop.

http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/136859090/the-power-of-music-to-affect-the...

This post made me think about an issue I had not considered before. I agree with this 100%. Music is a big part of life. I do not know anyone that does not listen to music at some point in their life. People listen to music for so many different reasons and for multiple reasons. Some to take stress away. Others just to drown out the noises around them. I listen to music for multiple reasons. Mainly because when I am alone I do not like the quietness. Music also has its way of changing peoples’ moods rapidly. I am always listening to music. It makes me feel better. However I will agree with that fact that it distracts people. In my case I feel it sometimes distracts me from my work because I am so focused on picking a song I can deal with opposed to getting my work done. In The Power of Music, Elena Mannes explores how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care (NPR). Mannes says “music also has the potential to help people with neurological deficits." A stroke patient who has lost verbal function — those verbal functions may be stimulated by music," she says (NPR).” I could see how this would be effective. Music was a wonderful creation and will continue to be as it continues to grow and develop.

http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/136859090/the-power-of-music-to-affect-the...

I wanted to comment on this summary because it is not a very common subject, people like doctors do not really talk about this method. I think it can be a great method! Personally, music helps me to escape from my problems just for a moment, like you said, is helps our mind to focus on something else. For me, depending on my mood, I don't listen to the same style of music so I agree that it can have different effects on us; but I did't new that classical music had a specific effect! I think health studies should try to found more information on this! It's a great topic!

I wanted to comment on this summary because it is not a very common subject, people like doctors do not really talk about this method. I think it can be a great method! Personally, music helps me to escape from my problems just for a moment, like you said, is helps our mind to focus on something else. For me, depending on my mood, I don't listen to the same style of music so I agree that it can have different effects on us; but I didn't new that classical music had a specific effect! I think health studies should try to found more information on this! It's a great topic!

For my part, I do play (and listen to) music, and among many other things, it actually is one that really succeeds in having an effect on my mood at nearly any given time – which is why your summary caught my attention. Moreover, I think you point out to topics and facts that are relatively unknown to the majority of the population – that is, music actually has not only apparent, but scientific/physiologic effects on one’s mind.

As the study related by your article seems to suggest, music therapy looks like it is in constant rise nowadays. And I actually hope that it will continue so. It’s no fortuity if so many people who go through depression, heartbreak, mourning, and so on, gather around songs such as “Goodbye My Lover” (by James Blunt), or any other sad song (by the way, isn’t there a paradox here; that is, that sad people listen to sad songs to actually go… better?) – or inversely, if they gather around “joyful” songs to regain a taste for life. There seems to be a tendency that confirms that, through lyrics, through melodies, people can self-identify to the feelings of the artist and of other people around the globe. They can feel they are not alone in their pain, for instance. And that, without any apparent undesirable effect!

Then, from here to claiming that we should use music as collective therapy, there’s only one step (yet one must remember that moderation is always in good taste)…

I am also someone who listen and play music and it is an important part of my everyday life. It is something that can completely change your mood when you feel sadness, stress or even anxiety. It is very interesting to learn that music can have great therapeutic effect on someone's life because it is so simple! Music is something infinite that everybody should listen and play because it is an art that permit you to express yourself and as you said, it has therapeutic values. Also, you do not have to be the greatest musician on earth to understand and feel the greatness of music. It is a very intersting article that many people should read, thank you for sharing!

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