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    Neuroscientists discover a song they claim reduces anxiety by 65%

    Researchers at Mindlab International in the U.K. wanted to know what kind of music induces the greatest state of relaxation. The study involved having participants try to solve difficult puzzles — which inherently triggered a certain degree of stress — while connected to sensors. At the same time, participants listened to a range of songs as researchers measured their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure and rate of breathing.

    What they found is that one song — “Weightless” — resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.

    Interestingly, the song was specifically designed to induce this highly relaxed state. Created by Marconi Union, the musicians teamed up with sound therapists to carefully arrange harmonies, rhythms and bass lines, which in turn slow a listener’s heart rate and blood pressure, while also lowering stress hormones like cortisol.

    In fact, the music is so effective, that many of the female participants became drowsy — to the point where lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson advises against listening to it while driving.

    But don’t take their word for it. Experience it for yourself here:

     

    http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/neuroscientists-song-reduces-anxiety/

     

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  • pinduck (662 posts)
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    1. My nomination: Blue Monk by Thelonious Monk from the album

    Thelonious Alone in San Francisco

     

    I was very interested to listen to the song – good for someone for thinking about this subject.

    "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
    • Enthusiast (5482 posts)
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      10. First one……..

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
      • pinduck (662 posts)
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        13. Of the four solo albums(I think 4) that Monk recorded, this is my favorite.

        He also does a version of Reflections that I like a lot.

        Monk’s version of Blue Monk on his Prestige trio album is very good also.

        Thanks for the great picture of the album.

        Happy New Year!

        "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
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  • I will always wonder why (26 posts)
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    3. This reminds me of Gorecki's 3 Pieces in the Old Style

    particularly no. 3 which starts at 4:17.

  • Hobbit709 (1397 posts)
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    4. this always unwinds me and lets me get to my center.

    I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
    • Enthusiast (5482 posts)
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      9. Big plus one on that.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
    • pinduck (662 posts)
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      14. Count me in as a big fan of Ripple. (Great album cover too)

      "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
    • SageBlue (79 posts)
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      20. YEP

  • donDonE (172 posts)
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    5. Bernie's "America" ad/vid did the same for me & still does!

    There are three kinds of men, ones that learn by reading, a few who learn by observation, and the rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and learn for themselves. Will Rogers
    • Enthusiast (5482 posts)
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      11. Me too.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
    • Haikugal (4291 posts)
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      18. Me too..it's beyond wonderful!

        Be the bird.....       Hey DNC! Up Yours! It's ON!!
  • TM99 (4694 posts)
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    6. I am glad they are finally catching up.

    Musicians and music therapists have been exploring the mind/brain effects of different types of music and sound since at least the 1980’s.  John Beaulieu, Don Campabell, Jeffrey Thompson, Tomita, to name but a few have been pioneers in this field for decades.

    When you hear people raising reasoned objections to Trump’s policies and appointments, odds are that you’re listening to the sort of thoughtful dissent that’s essential to any semblance of democracy, and it may be worth taking seriously. When you hear people criticizing Trump and his appointees for doing the same thing his rivals would have done, or his predecessors did, odds are that you’re getting the normal hypocrisy of partisan politics, and you can roll your eyes and stroll on. But when you hear people shrieking that Donald Trump is the illegitimate result of a one-night stand between Ming the Merciless and Cruella de Vil, that he cackles in Russian while barbecuing babies on a bonfire, that everyone who voted for him must be a card-carrying Nazi who hates the human race, or whatever other bit of over-the-top hate speech happens to be fashionable among the chattering classes at the moment—why, then, dear reader, you’re hearing a phenomenon as omnipresent and unmentionable in today’s America as sex was in Victorian England. You’re hearing the voice of class bigotry: the hate that dare not speak its name.  -- John Michael Greer
    • Ichingcarpenter (3028 posts)
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      7. 432hz music works for me but this is interesting research none the less

      Adversely sounds can be used negatively at a level you can’t hear audible but your mind and body are affected  in that they cause  irritable effects that can lead to violence. These ranges  of frequencies can be above or below human sensitivities but my dog knows what she likes and doesn’t like.

      She finds music at 432 quite pleasant especially Bach.

      • TM99 (4694 posts)
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        12. Oh, I wasn't knocking the research or

        that it isn’t interesting.

        I find that hard scientist can some times take awile to explore the ‘science behind the woo’ so to speak.

        In the 1980’s this type of research on sound frequencies impacting brain/mind states was considered very much New Age woo.  Obviously it wasn’t it. ;)

        When you hear people raising reasoned objections to Trump’s policies and appointments, odds are that you’re listening to the sort of thoughtful dissent that’s essential to any semblance of democracy, and it may be worth taking seriously. When you hear people criticizing Trump and his appointees for doing the same thing his rivals would have done, or his predecessors did, odds are that you’re getting the normal hypocrisy of partisan politics, and you can roll your eyes and stroll on. But when you hear people shrieking that Donald Trump is the illegitimate result of a one-night stand between Ming the Merciless and Cruella de Vil, that he cackles in Russian while barbecuing babies on a bonfire, that everyone who voted for him must be a card-carrying Nazi who hates the human race, or whatever other bit of over-the-top hate speech happens to be fashionable among the chattering classes at the moment—why, then, dear reader, you’re hearing a phenomenon as omnipresent and unmentionable in today’s America as sex was in Victorian England. You’re hearing the voice of class bigotry: the hate that dare not speak its name.  -- John Michael Greer
  • Enthusiast (5482 posts)
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    8. Reminds me of Pink Floyd.

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
  • FanBoy (5847 posts)
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    15. I listened and it sounded pretty discordant — made me nervous

  • ThouArtThat (2378 posts)
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    16. Very Relaxing – Thank You For Sharing

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  • hippiechick (1326 posts)
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    17. Nope.

    I listened for 30 minutes & all I could focus on was the “heartbeat” which was quite a bit faster than my own & it made my heart race to try & keep up.

    On the plus side, it did knock my dogs out completely.

    • SageBlue (79 posts)
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      21. I never like heart beat sounds

      …unless I have an ear on a loved one

  • HIP56948 (1427 posts)
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    19. For this poster, "Riding Light" is better for me.