Now, turn up the music to feel powerful
A new study has found that listening to music, especially high levels of bass, helps one feel all pumped up. Researchers from Northwestern University had noticed how athletes keep their earphones on while entering the stadium as if the music was mentally preparing them up.health and fitness Updated: Aug 07, 2014 18:07 IST
A new study has found that listening to music, especially high levels of bass, helps one feel all pumped up and powerful.
Dennis Hsu from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University said that they had noted how athletes usually keep their earphones on while entering the stadium and in the locker room, as if the music was mentally preparing and toughening them up for the competition about to occur.
They further looked at how the highest and lowest rated power songs affected people's sense of power and three previously-identified psychological and behavioral consequences of power: the tendency to see the forest instead of the trees (thought abstraction), perceived control over social events (illusion of control), and the desire to move first in competitive interactions.
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The effects of the bass levels supported one possible explanation for why music makes people feel more powerful: the 'contagion hypothesis', which suggests that certain pieces of music might trigger powerful experiences because these experiences are often paired with that particular music.
The study is published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.