Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Music's Mind Manipulation

Is it possible that hearing isolated musical components can change the way you think?

An ambitious new paper recently published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology argues precisely that. The researchers brought pedestrians into a laboratory and played them a short, stripped-down piece of music consisting of a series of alternating chords.

What the scientists found is that the simple act of listening to these chord sets changed how people processed information in a very basic way.

What the researchers have done, cleverly, is consider music’s ability to conjure up highly specific mental states. Tiny, almost immeasurable features in a piece of music have the power to elicit deeply personal and specific patterns of thought and emotion in human listeners. MORE HERE

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