Music is everywhere on campus. We listen to it while walking to class, to get pumped up for games, and hear it bumping from the frats. Music is more than a bunch of instruments playing or someone singing; music can represent a culture or our mood. Everyone has a song that makes them happy, a playlist for when they’re sad.
There have many different studies exploring how music can affect your mood. Brunel University found that by using music as a source of distraction, athletes’ performance was slightly increased. Listening to music made the athletes forget their fatigue. This is why you may find that it is easier to run on a treadmill while listening to music. Synchronizing music with your workout can also help to increase your work output, which means that you will have a more effective workout overall. Upbeat music was also found to be the most effective in enhancing a workout.
Classical music was found to increase a person’s feeling of ease, which is why itcan be good to listen to when studying. Music with lyrics can also be distracting when you are trying to focus on writing an essay or completing complicated math problems.
Another study done by Penn State found that the type of music that boosts your mood varies from person to person. Listening to music you like can immediately improve your mood, because when you listen to music your brain releases dopamine, a chemical that controls your mood and behavior.
Next time you’re feeling down, try listening to some of your favorite songs – your day just might get a little bit better.
By Fiona O’Connor