In middle school, I went through a heavy metal/screamo phase. Looking back, I really have no idea what triggered it or why, but I became obsessed with bands like Korn and System of a Down. I remember listening to them almost every night while I did my homework. Now that I’m older, I can barely have the TV on when I need to concentrate because it’s just TOO MUCH, but back then, it was easy to focus with that as my soundtrack.
Apparently I’m not the only one. Researchers from University of Queensland recently conducted a a new study and found that all forms of “extreme” music, can actually positively influence the listener, helping to trigger calmness rather than anger. This dispels the common belief that people become angrier the more they listen to “angry” music.
The study tested 39 people between the ages of 18 and 34 who regularly listen to “extreme” music, where “extreme” means any type of emo, screamo, metal, or punk music. They were then riled up for ten minutes by talking to the researchers about things they were stressed about, then led to either 10 minutes of silence or 10 minutes of listening to “extreme” music. The results found that those who listened to the music were just as calm as those who sat in silence.
“Results showed levels of hostility, irritability and stress decreased after music was introduced,” the researchers stated. “The most significant change reported was the level of inspiration they felt.”
So turn up Follow The Leader and relax!