MUSIC AND PSYCHOLOGY!
Music has always had a very big impact on the life of people, of society. Music becomes a trend and it becomes a whole sensation at times. We have terms like the “Beatlemania’ for a reason.
But have you ever wondered just how big of an aspect of study it is for those studying psychology? It would come as a surprise but over the span of centuries, there have been so many studies on the impact of music on the human mind, on human emotions, and society as a whole.
Some of the findings have been strange, to say the least. Did you know that Directioners are not mad but the music evokes emotions in the girls, which when in contact with like-minded people get heightened to an extent where the fans start to cry or seem to be crazed?
The same goes for The Beatles, Queens and any other band which has left a lasting impact on the world.
It is also to be noted that while the 19th and 20th century focused more on western music, musicology and the impact of western music on the world, and people, the 21st century has brought in a new trend.
The 21st century has brought in the trend of doing research on ethonomusic, people from different ethnicities have started to research their own music, and the impact it has on culture and people.
This has opened even more avenues of empirical testing for musicologists all over the world.
We listen to music and we have different emotions, feelings. For some music is a way to unwind ourselves, while for others it becomes a way to focus our energies.
This is a fascinating fact about everyone, music be it rock, pop, heavy metal, soulful Sufi or Lofi, is listened to by everyone. You will not find one human being who particularly minds music, even if they do have their preferences.
Music is one language that everyone speaks.
So, it is only for this very reason that there is a musicologist because it is a language that every mind understands. And trying to find a way to understand the human mind becomes easier with the language of music.
Did you know that for some people, their auditory nerves are connected to their hypothalamus- the part responsible for emotions or rather the expression of emotions. For these people, every song evokes a different heightened emotion.
Again, music and psychology can be very intertwined because many psychologists use music therapies to treat several problems. Music can be powerful to understand a person if one only knows how to look for it.