Many metalfans will find this study very good and amusic news. The university of Queensland, USA has found out that extreme music such as heavy metal provides stress relief and calms you down.
University of Queensland's School of Psychology honours student Leah Sharman and Dr Genevieve Dingle have published the study in Science magazine Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. The study itself involved 39 regular listeners of extreme music, aged 18-34 years. The study proves listening to Extreme music such as Metal in all its colors can regulate sadness and enhance positivity.
“When experiencing anger, extreme music fans liked to listen to music that could match their anger. The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired. Results showed levels of hostility, irritability and stress decreased after music was introduced, and the most significant change reported was the level of inspiration they felt.”
This study comes in stark contrast of earlier published studies which completely oppose this result. They linked chaotic music to delinquency and aggression. The new findings now say different. Which is obviously good news to any metalfan who is in it for the music. And of course we at Darkview can only applaud this outcome as it contributes to a better understanding of what this music is all about.
'A secondary aim for the study was to see what music angry participants would select from their playlist,' Ms Sharman said.
'It was interesting that half of the chosen songs contained themes of anger or aggression, with the remainder containing themes like – though not limited to - isolation and sadness. Yet participants reported they used music to enhance their happiness, immerse themselves in feelings of love and enhance their well-being.
All of the responses indicated that extreme music listeners appear to use their choice of music for positive self-regulatory purposes.'
The participating people where monitored while they underwent a 16 minute anger induction. Followed by 10 minutes of listening to metal and 10 minutes of silence. Afterwards they underwent an evaluation. The anger induction process involved an interview to discuss financial events, relational topics and anything that involved and invoked stress and anger. The group was composed out of very diverse nationalities spanning the entire globe.
Below is the list of a range of metal songs that were used for the study.
More info & source: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2015/06/head-banging-tunes-can-have-same-effect-warm-hug , dailymail.co.uk