10 interesting facts that science can tell us about music
Where would we be without science? Most likely dead. We could be destroyed by some super cholera or busted by another species of primates, who would discover the secrets of science and decide to use them against us.
So for our existence, we should be grateful precisely to science. It makes the human race fight, heal diseases, connect people and ask important questions, such as these: are Queen fans the most sensitive? Why do cats hate human music? Can listening to Nirvana increase your chances of getting pregnant?
What you will find in this article is 13 carefully studied (not by us) studies that allow you to delve into the microworld of music. However, discovering the secrets of the rhythmic brain takes much longer than just one study, so do not show these facts to everyone around, like some kind of scripture, these are just proven hypotheses.
1. Music can really make a certain food taste better: Oxford University conducted a “Bittersweet study,” in which it suggested that sound can affect the taste of food in much the same way that the appearance and smell of dishes affect it. Research has shown that, for example, low bass sounds make us feel bitterness, while high tones of piano notes can make food taste sweeter.
2. Queen fans are very sensitive: Cambridge University selected 4 thousand people to participate in various tests, the result of which identified them either in the group of “empathizing” or “systematizing”. Empathizing personalities were those who react to the emotions of other people, and those who analyze the rules and patterns to make some kind of decision were systematizing. Using a quick review of the test results, the researchers found that fans of Jeff Buckley, Queen, and Norah Jones were most often “empathetic,” while fans of Metallica and Sex Pistols fell into the “categorizing” category.
3. Metal fans are happier than everyone else: the psychological journal Self and Identity compared the level of happiness of metal fans in the 80s with listeners of all other genres. The study showed that metalworkers “were much happier in their youth and better arranged today.” The main factor of this, according to scientists, is that “in the metal community, fans and musicians seemed to feel like each other’s relatives.”
4. Fans of festivals walk about 25 kilometers over the weekend: the study showed that the average music fan burns about 9 thousand calories and walks about 25 kilometers during the festival weekend. So it is not surprising that Glastonbury is always packed to the limit with visitors: if in just one day a fan walks about 8.2 kilometers and burns 3,000 calories, then this is obviously cheaper than a gym membership.
5. Singing can help you look younger: British doctors have found that musicians can boast high lung capacity, improved posture, increased mental activity and constantly trained facial muscles, which can help them extend their youthful appearance (not to be confused with prolonging life!).
6. Pop music is objectively less creative than it was before: The National Research Council of Spain this year studied the dynamics of pop music in recent years: “According to the numerical indicators we obtained, the variety of transitions between musical combinations – roughly speaking, chords and melodies – is consistent declining last 50 years. ”
7. Music was part of primitive societies: returning to those times when we were all much more hairy, we find out (thanks to science!) That our ancestors loved jamming no less than we ourselves. Archaeologists found flutes in caves in southern Germany, apparently carved from animal bones and each 42-43 thousand years old.
8. Sometimes music is prettier than sex: a recent study found that 40% of people feel that the music they listen to during sex excites them more than their real partner. This is due to the fact that music is able to activate certain centers of pleasure, which are also responsible for sex. And according to the results of another study, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has become one of those tracks that respondents consider, in principle, better than sex.
9. Music can allow you to feel the buzz: no, not the buzz when your eyes turn glass, and you begin to dream of a sandwich with fish sticks. Lively and energetic performance of music can cause an endorphin charge that goes straight to your brain, and this is an accurate imitation of a feeling of euphoria.
10. There is a reason cats do not like human music: David Taye is the person who invented the album, which supposedly is able to “improve cat lives.” According to the fundamental laws of biology, the first “music” that a person hears in his life is the even beating of his mother’s heart when he himself is still in the womb.