Music has guided us through difficult times in the past year – even psychological problems for many of us. However, according to a recent study, techno may not be the best option for reducing anxiety.
Investigations by the Vera Clinic showed that 1540 people between the ages of 18 and 65 played a variety of pieces of music, from classical to pop to dubstep. The volunteers were hooked up to heart rate and blood pressure monitors while listening to a series of genre-specific Spotify playlists.
Techno, dubstep and – interestingly – classic chillout were the three main genres that raised the heart rate in the sample. Techno, dubstep, and ’70s rock anthems all tended to raise blood pressure. As a result, techno turned out to be the “least relaxing” form of music.
In a different twist, the top blood pressure lowering genres were 80s and 00s pop, as well as heavy metal classics. For the sake of clarity, Doctor Ömer Avlanmış gave his two cents for these results:
They make a lot of medical sense. ’80s pop hits might bring positive nostalgia for many people, and their upbeat, party-like sounds can induce the release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain, increasing both happiness and calm. In terms of heavy metal, I would observe that angry music can help listeners process their feelings and, as a result, lead to greater wellbeing.
While we can argue that the level of anxiety may depend on the listener’s own musical preferences and the intensity of track selection, both techno and dubstep can work with high BPMs – so this may have been a factor.
There are also various sub-genres within techno and dubstep (and really any genre) that could have influenced the results. This also depends on which tracks were played and how the listeners interpreted the music.
Techno and dubstep lovers are fading away – do you calm down these genres or do they exaggerate you? Let us know!
H / T: Mixmag | Source: Vera Clinic | Photo (c) Orient