For many years doctors have openly used background music to help them remain relaxed and focused during surgical procedures.
HealthDay News recently announced a study exploring whether harmonic sounds are therapeutic for people who suffer from neurological disorders.
Background music has been used in the workplace for centuries. In the Industrial Age women and occasionally orchestras would be hired in the quieter factories to sing and play among the workers. In the Victorian era handloom weavers would sing together to keep awake.
So the Christmas season comes upon us once again and with it the tinsel gold shop decorations, the red and green sprigs of holly and festooned fir trees; all visual codes that help ensure we become attuned to the spirit (and spending pattern) of the season.
New research published on Bottom Line Health by Suzanne B. Hanser (Berklee College of Music) confirms that it helps fight high blood pressure, insomnia and pain.
In a Times Online article, Dr Costas Karageorghis calls music sport’s “legal drug”, capable of reducing an athlete’s perception of effort by 10 per cent while increasing performance by 20 per cent.