Studies on Music and Depression
I’m always fascinated and interested by new science studies. But it’s no wonder people don’t always take science seriously sometimes.
Perhaps it’s not always easy to discern. One school says one thing another something else, it’s kind of amusing to me.
Who do you believe, which one argues best? How do you come to conclusions with these studies? These studies aren’t completely mutually exclusive but related.
From this article we come to understand that sad music improves peoples mood. It is important to examine is that it is what they call self-identified sad music. They take associated sadness to a particular song due to their relation circumstance and experience with the song. Basically, it is used as a coping mechanism:
“The results showed that if an individual has intended to achieve mood enhancement through listening to ‘sad’ music, this was in fact often achieved by first thinking about their situation or being distracted, rather than directly through listening to the music chosen,” Dr Annemieke van den Tol, Lecturer in Social Psychology at Kent’s School of Psychology, said in a press release.
Seems to me it’s not necessarily the music that improves the mood, which is not to say that it can not. This has the ability to shift the focus of ones own sadness.
In my opinion, the trick is to not overwhelm yourself with sadness.
On the flip-side, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine claim that when teens listening to more music repeatedly they become depressed. They also found that reading books had the opposite effect.
People can easily become consumed from their sad state, rather than taking action to remove these state and cancel these feelings.
Thereby, leaning towards sadder music they become ingrained and it becomes a feedback loop, they feel sad, then they listen to sad music, sad music doesn’t help, thus they continue to feel sad.
If anything this shows us that we mustn’t remain in these states as they are not conducive to living an enthused, realistic life.
Overall I believe these studies should be taken with grains of assault, as they do not have such a great sample of people to collect data from.
Further neural research would be interesting. Even the articles state that there is still room for more research for there is much conflicting data.
What do you think? Does sad music lift you out of a sad state?
Do you think if teens listen to music for more than 4-5 hours they are likely to be depressed?