“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”
According to scientists music cannot only affect our mood but also alter our perception and reality.The researcher Jacob Jolij and his student Maaike Meurs of the Psychology Department of the University of Groningen made some experiments that can prove the above statement. They exposed their subjects to happy and sad music and at the same time displaying pictures of joyful or gloomy smiles. The way the subjects interpreted the smiles is quite surprising and can lead to various conclusions about human perception.
Their perception had been adjusted to the mood that the music was producing on a level that they may see a sad smile as happy when the music had a cheerful undertone or a happy smile as melancholic when the music was conveying depressing emotions. Sometimes they would picture happy or sad smiles when there were none at all. If you want to find out exactly how the music affects our mood and defines our reality, read the following article.
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Music is not only able to affect your mood — listening to particularly happy or sad music can even change the way we perceive the world, according to researchers from the University of Groningen.
Music and mood are closely interrelated — listening to a sad or happy song on the radio can make you feel more sad or happy. However, such mood changes not only affect how you feel, they also change your perception. For example, people will recognize happy faces if they are feeling happy themselves.
A new study by researcher Jacob Jolij and student Maaike Meurs of the Psychology Department of the University of Groningen shows that music has an even more dramatic effect on perception: even if there is nothing to see, people sometimes still see happy faces when they are listening to happy music and sad faces when they are listening to sad music…