Healing and cognitive power of music

Victor Hugo is known to have said, "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."

 

Creativity is an important aspect in our complex world as it allows us to come up with innovative solutions for a wide range of problems. The various factors that promote creative cognition has long been studied.While music has previously been shown to benefit cognition, little was known about how listening to music could possibly influence cognitive creativity.

The new research by Simone Ritter from Radboud University and Sam Ferguson from the University of Technology Sydney suggests that listening to happy music may help generate more, innovative solutions compared to listening to silence. This could be a breakthrough to introduce music in academic institutions and workplaces. To investigate this, researchers had 155 participants complete questionnaires and then divided them into groups. Each group listened to one of four different types of music.The music was categorized as calm, happy, sad, or anxious. Of all the groups, only one control group listened to silence. After the music started playing, participants performed various cognitive tasks that tested their creative thinking. The researchers found that listening to happy music enhanced flexibility in thinking. 

Another research conducted at Bournemouth University and Queen's University, Belfast have discovered that music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems. The study also found that young people aged 13 and over who received music therapy had improved interpersonal interactive skills. Music therapy also improved social functioning over time in all age groups.

251 children and young people were involved in the study. All were being treated for emotional, developmental or behavioural problems. They were divided into two groups. 128 underwent the usual care options, while 123 were also provided music therapy in addition to usual care. This research is proof enough that music has the power to treat depression and positively help deal with emotional and behavioral problems

These new revelations, are proof enough that music has therapeutic properties as well as the power to alter our mental and emotional state.