Cheerful music brightens our day

Monday 15th February 2016 07:03 EST

Listening to peppy music is not only good on the ears, but is beneficial for the soul as well. Cheerful music can make the world seem like a much brighter place, according to research.

Prof Joydeep Bhattacharya and Job Lindsen, from Goldsmith, University of London, conducted several experiments on 20 adults.

In one of the experiments, they were shown a grey square for one second and then a random piece of music was played, where they had to rate whether it was “very unpleasant” to “very stimulating”. They were then shown an identical grey square where they had to give ratings to a different soundtrack. It is said that the participants believed one of the square was much brighter when cheerful music was being played.

Prof Bhattacharya said, “Merely listening to happy or sad music affects subsequent brightness judgement.”

His research was published in the journal PLOS ONE.   

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