Better than Doctor Miracle's remedies.
A study on "
The Effect of Classical Music on Heart Rate, Blood Pressure and Mood
published in the medical journal
at the end of July, confirms an intuition that researchers have been exploring for several years.
Yes, classical music would be beneficial for health.
The six American investigators wanted to confirm the results of previous studies on this subject but which had been carried out on small and heterogeneous samples.
They therefore worked on a larger panel, comprising 100 people (47 women and 53 men), whose average age was almost forty.
In this sample, 40% of these participants were musicians, 62% already enjoyed classical music and 35% were taking medication.
To carry out their study, the researchers had their guinea pigs listen to one minute of the first movement of the
(with its sustained rhythm), then one minute of the
(slower), two of the most famous by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Subsequently, the participants had to answer a questionnaire asking them about their emotions during the listening.
After analyzing the results recorded by the electrocardiograms and blood pressure cuffs fitted to the hundred people as well as their responses to the questionnaire, the scientists concluded that
“classical music has a positive impact
” on the well-being of people who listen to it.
In detail, they believe that Beethoven's tunes had benefits for "
the cardiovascular system and obvious potential emotional benefits, including the autonomic nervous system and the vagus nerve which responds to musical vibrations by triggering relaxation in the body.
Music also affects other parts of the brain, which in turn affect mood through the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine,”
the researchers add
Release rates of this 'pleasure and feel-good' hormone found that 83% of subjects found fast music positively motivating (compared to 56% for slow music).
Finally, almost all people (about 99%) believe that classical music can help them manage stress.
For the researchers, the proof is made: listening to classical music
“can be a potential therapeutic method to reduce anxiety and depression”.