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This news was published on 02.04.2013

We already knew that music softens our manners. But the influence of music on human behavior is much bigger than we would think. This comes out of a study made by IPEM, the research department for musicology of the University of Gent, Belgium. With music we start running faster and we get less soon exhausted. But also our heart beat and our memory benefit. Moreover music can be used for several therapies.

How much music can influence our mental and physical skills, is proven by Marc Leman and Micheline Lesaffre. The two musicologists of the Gent Institute for Psycho-acoustica and Electronic Music organized a number of experiments showing that music is really good for human beings. In their book “The Power of Music” they pool their findings.

JOGGERS ARE FEELING LESS SOON TIRED

Joggers using music while running, are going to run faster when the music accelerates. When you are running with music, you get the impression that you are becoming less soon tired, because your attention is not concentrating on the physical effort. For this test an experimental group had to listen to music with beats between 50 and 190 per minutes. When the beat was increased they all started running faster. The same for walking.

ADVANTAGUOUS FOR RECOVERY DURING ILLNESS

Music is as a kind of partner and stimulator during sports performance, but also a part of therapy, to soften meaningful the pain and anguish, and to improve recovery. Thanks to a number of technological innovations music is more often used in the medical world. So the researchers discovered that patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease after moving on music are less trembling and become calmer. With children suffering from physical or visual constraints they got very good results using the Banana Keyboard, a small piano in the shape of a banana.

SMOOTHER COLLABORATION IN A GROUP OF PEOPLE

Leman and Lesaffre followed 5 starting musicians during their first joint repetitions and did research on the activity of their muscles, their breathing and the heartbeat. It showed that the more the participants were playing together, the better they were feeling each other. Muscles, breathing and heart beat reacted in a positive way. Music improves by affirmation the team spirit and the collaboration of people in a group.

MUSIC ENHANCES CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY

Out-of-school music courses are often imposed on children by the parents, but now it seems that they are more useful than we could ever expect. Children assisting music courses have a better general memory than their less musical peers. Their creativity is also bigger. Music education can already be beneficial for unborn children. So newborn can already recognize musical patterns that were played for them when they were still in their mother’s belly.

Source: Het Laatste Nieuws, the 27th of March 2013