Research - Music is Good!
We all know playing music and singing feels good. But why? Why is music universal in every human society? And is there any evidence that involvement in music is good for our health?
The club commissioned local musician and academic Steve Martin to research these questions over several months in 2016. Steve presented his findings at a "LIve@Newport" event on 21 August.
Here are Steve's PowerPoint slides.
- The Mozart effect (Jenkins, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Volume 94 April 2001)
- Arousal, Mood and the Mozart Effect (Thompson Psychological Science)
- Music as a technology for social bonding: Comment on “Music, empathy, and cultural understanding” by E. Clarke et al. (Launay, Phys Life Rev . 2015 December)
- The ice-breaker effect: singing mediates fast social bonding (Pearce, Royal Society Publishing, 2015)
- The nature of music from a biological perspective (Peretz, International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS), University of Montreal, 2006)
- Music Influences Hedonic and Taste Ratings in Beer (Carvalho, Frontiers in Psychology, 2016)
- Singing and social bonding: changes in connectivity and pain threshold
as a function of group size (abstract) (Weinstein, Evolution and Human Behaviour 37, 2016