Study proves “extreme” music is calming

Right up there with whale sounds

The ongoing theory that heavy metal music leads to questionable behaviour has actually been proven wrong by researchers. A recent study conducted by the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia proves the opposite of what is true about hardcore music.

Dr. Genevieve Dingle teamed up with honors student Leah Sharman to conduct an experiment with 39 people between the ages of 18 and 34. These individuals listen to heavy metal, hardcore, punk, emo, and screamo music on the regular, and were asked for 16 “anger-inducing” minutes of their time.

In the 16 minutes, the 39 participants were asked to talk about stressful things such as money, relationships, and work. Following this, some were told to sit in silence for 10 minutes, and the others were told to listen to 10 minutes of their personal music playlists. The researchers found that the groups were equally calm in each circumstance.

The type of songs each individual chose was also examined, and “participants reported they used music to enhance their happiness, immerse themselves in feelings of love and enhance their wellbeing,” according to the study.

Dingle and Sharman’s main conclusion: “extreme music matches and helps to process anger,” and does not necessarily cause it.

In that case, allow this calm you down:

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