How does this happen? As Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, reports to Daily Mail, "the song contains a sustaining rhythm that starts at 60 beats per minute and gradually slows to around 50. While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat," in a phenomenon called "entrainment." This reduction in heart rate leads to a reduction in blood pressure. Copper notes that the gaps between notes "have been chosen to create a feeling of euphoria and comfort. And there is no repeating melody, which allows your brain to completely switch off because you are no longer trying to predict what is coming next." The song was actually created for the purpose of stress reduction—it was a collaboration between the band and a group of sound therapists. If you're into testing music therapy yourself, listen to Mindlab International's full playlist. Learn more about music therapy and how it affects your brain in the videos below.
Neuroscientists Found The Most Relaxing Song
How do you manage your stress? Maybe you blow off steam by going on a run, or practice the art of mindfulness with meditation or a yoga class. You might know that music therapy has been proven effective in managing stress, but did you know that neuroscientists have determined the most relaxing song? Give it a listen in the video below, then decide if you agree with their findings.
The song is "Weightless" by English ambient music band, Marconi Union. UK neuroscientists from Mindlab International conducted a study where they instructed participants to solve difficult puzzles while they were attached to sensors. While the puzzles did their magic raising the participants' stress levels, the scientists measured their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International explains to Inc. that "Weightless" "produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date," dropping participants' anxiety rate by 65 percent.
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