A new study has found that listening to heavy metal actually has a calming influence.
Although the lyrical content of extreme music often deals in anger, researchers found that it instead enhanced listeners’ positivity and regulated sadness.
Although some believe that loud music is linked to aggressive behaviour, the new research by The University of Queensland’s School of Psychology honours student Leah Sharman and Dr Genevieve Dingle showed listeners mostly became inspired and calmed by heavy metal.
Ms Sharman said:
We found the music regulated sadness and enhanced positive emotions. When experiencing anger, extreme music fans liked to listen to music that could match their anger. The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired. Results showed levels of hostility, irritability and stress decreased after music was introduced, and the most significant change reported was the level of inspiration they felt.
Music from bands like Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch and Judas Priest were included in the study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
39 regular listeners of heavy music aged between 13 and 34 were deliberately “angered” by being asked to recall frustrating events in their lives, and then listened either to 10 minutes of music of their choice or spent 10 minutes in silence.
Those who listened to the music generally became inspired and mellow after the 10-minute period.
So, there you go, irrefutable proof that the next time you feel wound up you should crack on ‘Surfacing’ by Slipknot and you’ll feel much better!