Dr. Shannon – Music Psychology

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(KTVI) – You’ve heard that music can calm the savage beast - and research backs up the theory that music is good for you. Dr. Erin Shannon, with Energy Medicine and Holistic Psychology, shared some of the insights with Tim.

Researchers found that hospital employees who took part in a choir program reported both improved health and greater engagement at work. Why? Social bonds formed during cultural activities (like singing) have a positive effect on your perceived well being and general health, says study author Jonas Vaag, a clinical psychologist at Nord-Trøndelag Health Trust in Norway. Singing also triggers the release of endorphins, which boost your feelings of happiness and pleasure, finds a recent UK study.

Here are five more cool ways music can improve your life.

1. Rap Makes You More Creative

Spontaneous lyrical improvisation engages your brain’s prefrontal cortex region, which is responsible for creative thought, finds a new National Institutes of Health study.

2. Classical Music Helps You Focus

Brain scans conducted by Stanford University researchers show classical music – especially complex, continually changing symphonies like those from Baroque composers like Bach and Handel – actually helps your mind focus and sort out information.

3. Fast Tunes Boost Your Speed

Music appears to rev up your central nervous system for activity while simultaneously helping to distract your mind from discomfort or difficulty, research suggests.

4. Your Favorite Song Really Does Make It All Better

Listening to music that moves you triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in your brain that also heightens the pleasure you get from sensual experiences like food and sex, finds a study from McGill University.

5. Certain Chords Can Heal You

Music masks harsh sounds and irritating background noise while also engaging the listener emotionally. The result? Distraction from your pain, says study author Lori Gooding, Ph.D., director of music therapy at Kentucky.

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