Musical Inspiration


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Music can be seen as inspiration for a number of activities. I love to listen to music every chance i get, and 9 times out of 10 it enhances any experience im having, taking up almost drug like qualities in my mind. Why is music the catalyst for happiness ( for most). Specifically, i looked at a study about music and its correlation to running performance. I read an article, Jog To The Beat, which described a study that was done regarding music and performance. Participants were told to run on a treadmill while they were provided with a number of different "inspirational" songs including songs by Queen, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and other well known names. It was said that endurance increased by 15% and the "feeling state" of the runners increased as well. I would have to honestly say that i agree that music does something to us when we're engaged in another activity, as long as it doesn't interfere with the spatial or verbal attention we are trying to maintain. But I find some faults with the article that I read based on this study. What about people that like a certain kind of music? Could it be there is a specific type of music that increases performance more than others? I enjoy all types of music except for country music which i thoroughly dislike, if i listened to country music while i ran would that decrease productivity? There are a lot of issues surrounding this idea, although i do think that current investigation is worth paying attention to. I also would like to pose a question as to whether it could hold any type of significance amongst playing other sports. Playing volleyball in high school, we always had a "pump up cd" to do exactly what it sounded like its supposed to. It was basically just upbeat songs that we liked to sing along to, but should we have been listening to something different? This study seems very interesting, but due to the scarcity of the article it is lacking a lot of features that i think would make it more clear cut and into a more accurate hypotheses to be tested. For the control group i feel as though they could have had a number of different controls. What about live music versus music being listened to through headphones? 



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This is a topic that has always interested me as well. I actually conducted an experiment for my AP Psych class in high school in order to see if different genres of music improved or harmed the memorizing process. My group made flashcards with random words such as dog, blue, golf, tree, etc. We went into random study halls with mixed grade levels and we showed them a set of 15 flashcards while we played a certain type of music. They were asked to try to remember as many words as they could. We allowed them to write them down ten seconds after we were done going through the set of flashcards. We repeated this process with four other songs, all of which were different genres, and different word sets. After collecting our data, we discovered that classical music and country music were the genres that produced the least remembered words while rock produced the most and hip-hop the second. But it was simply a high school psych project and not a sophisticated study. I found this interesting article about a study performed by Stanford that showed that music causes the brain to pay attention. It mentioned that it engages the part of the brain associated with memory.

I really love this blog topic! Music plays such a large impact on our society. People are constantly hearing, if not intentionally listening to music, it plays in the background in bars, restaurants, and stores. Different musical performances are constantly touring in and out of State College, people walk around listening to music on their headphones, and at parties people will play their guitars. In an anthropology class last semester, my professor briefly introduced us to the theory that human language actually developed out of music, with it's different tones and rhythms. Human speech derived from imitating these same sounds. I'm not sure if I necessarily support this idea or not, but I do, without a doubt believe in the power of music. Here's a link that discusses more about the music/language theory: (http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1136).

I really love this blog topic! Music plays such a large impact on our society. People are constantly hearing, if not intentionally listening to music, it plays in the background in bars, restaurants, and stores. Different musical performances are constantly touring in and out of State College, people walk around listening to music on their headphones, and at parties people will play their guitars. In an anthropology class last semester, my professor briefly introduced us to the theory that human language actually developed out of music, with it's different tones and rhythms. Human speech derived from imitating these same sounds. I'm not sure if I necessarily support this idea or not, but I do, without a doubt believe in the power of music. Here's a link that discusses more about the music/language theory: (http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1136).

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