Dec 2, 2019
Music can keep groups of people engaged by synchronizing and pacing their brainwaves, but not all types of music have this effect. Engineers at the City College of New York studied the neural responses of audiences in response to various forms of music.
Their research shows that unfamiliar scores synchronize communal brains most effectively, and the positive effects recur even with repetition. On the other hand, familiar pieces failed to drive audience brain synch even with repetition. Music-induced brain synch does work best for those audiences with some pre-formed appreciation for music.
Speaking as a surgeon, I’ve always found that music in the operating room helped to establish an efficient yet safe work pace. Relying on my team to help choose the music reduced stress and optimized group satisfaction.
Jens Madsen, Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Rhimmon Simchy-Gross, Lucas C. Parra. Music synchronizes brainwaves across listeners with strong effects of repetition, familiarity and training. Scientific Reports, 2019; 9 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-40254-w
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