The Music That You are Listening to is Impacting Your Mental Health

A study conducted at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä, Aalto University in Finland and Aarhus University in Denmark was done to see what is the link between your music listening habits, your mental health and your neural responses to the different types of musics through a combination of behavioural and neuroimaging data.

Source: The Music That You are Listening to is Impacting Your Mental Health

Don’t most people seek out music that reflects their mood, not the other way around?  Years back, I remember a news piece on a setup that would apply electrodes/whatever and based on your brainwaves – construct music for playback.  The subjects enjoyed the result…

Ever wondered if the categorization of the music has less to do with the lyrics and more to do with ambient noise, structure, beat etc?  It is about how a person is using music, not what they are listening to.  Additionally, listening to ‘extreme’ music makes you more positive (study):

…psychologists have found that rather than increasing anger or aggression, listening to loud and chaotic music actually helps listeners feel inspired and calm.

Whistled Languages and Their Lack of Left-Brain Dominance

Whistled Turkish is a non-conformist. Most obviously, it bucks the normal language trend of using consonants and vowels, opting instead for a bird-like whistle. But more importantly, it departs from other language forms in a more fundamental respect: it’s processed differently by the brain.

Source: The curious case of whistled languages and their lack of left-brain dominance

That girls did not participate is interesting – most other whistled languages I’d heard of, both genders participated in.  So there’s bound to be something cultural…  Additionally, girls did not participate – but that doesn’t mean girls did not understand.

This made me wonder about search & rescue operations, which might benefit when dealing with areas with weak to no wireless support.

How a Human Scream Uniquely Activates the Fear Response in Your Brain

We know human screams are jarring. They’re loud, occasionally shrill, and tend to make us feel stressed, or even fearful. What’s unclear is why they elicit anxiety. But a new study suggests this response may have something to do with the acoustic quality of human screams, and how they trigger the brain’s fear response.

Source: How a Human Scream Uniquely Activates the Fear Response in Your Brain

It’s a sound/frequency we do not experience in normal, everyday settings.

I remember a friend remarking about knowing the difference when her kids would scream, to tell when things were really bad or they were faking.  Another instance I remember was someone telling me about knowing when they were hearing a “death rattle”, in rural areas where a given animal got injured bad enough.  We communicate a lot through sound – say one thing, but our tone infers another.