Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Women are more attracted to guitarists than sporty guys

May 9, 2013

Men’s music ability and attractiveness to women in a real-life courtship context

From Psychology of Music

It is apparent that music plays a role in sexual selection. This study carried out an experiment in a real-life setting and showed that women approached in the street for their phone number agreed more readily with the request when the man asking was a young man holding a guitar case in his hands rather than a sports bag in his hands or had no bag at all.


The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people

August 22, 2012

From International Journal of Music Education

Recent advances in the study of the brain have enabled us to get a better understanding of the way that active engagement with music may influence other development.  This paper considers the effects of music on intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. It outlines how extensive active engagement with music can induce cortical reorganization. This may produce functional changes in how the brain processes information. Processing of pitch in string players is characterized by longer surveillance and more frontally distributed event-related brain potentials attention. Drummers generate more complex memory traces of the temporal organization of musical sequences. Compared with non-musicians, string players have greater somatosensory representa­tions of finger activity, the amount of increase depending on the age of starting to play. Clearly, the brain develops in very specific ways in response to particular learning activities and the extent of change depends on the length of time engaged with learning. The extent of musical engagement and its nature will be a factor in the extent to which transfer can occur to other areas. This overview provides a strong case for the benefits of active engagement with music throughout the lifespan.


Making friends with Jarvis Cocker: Music culture in the context of web 2.0

October 25, 2011

From Cultural Sociology

Recent years have seen some significant changes in music culture, the Web 2.0 movement has been a catalyst. The general shift has been toward virtual cultural artefacts, where individuals download digitally compressed music files from internet sources or ‘rip’ them from CDs(or even audio tapes and vinyl records). By focusing specifically upon the presence of the popular music performer Jarvis Cocker across various Web 2.0 applications, this article seeks to open up a series of questions and create opportunities for research into what is happening in contemporary music culture. Of significant interest to cultural sociology is how senses of ‘belonging’ and ‘taste communities’ are altered as music cultures move out onto the web-top in the Web 2.0 context. This exploratory article lays out an agenda for research into music culture and Web 2.0 that is not only concerned with the implications of Web 2.0 for music. It concludes there is a need to think in some detail both about the implications for other cultural spheres, and the possible ways in which each of these spheres might in turn come to affect the nature of the connections that make up Web 2.0 itself.


The Glastonbury experience is a great way of achieving personal growth and self-discovery: The impact of festivals on well-being

May 11, 2011
The impact of music festival attendance on young people’s psychological and social well-being

From Psychology of Music

The benefits of music are well known, but this article considers an area not well researched. The impact of music festivals on participants’ psychological and social well-being. Using qualitative surveys and focus groups from young festival goers, the study found four distinct facets of the experience – the music experience, the festival experience, the social experience and the separation experience. The findings of this study suggest that one of the most important functions performed by music festivals is to provide a time and space where young people can experience personal growth and self-discovery. Further research is needed into the ways music festival experiences can be tailored to opti­mize their positive outcomes. 


Love ballads leave women more open to romance

December 21, 2010

‘Love is in the air’: Effects of songs with romantic lyrics on compliance with a courtship request

From Psychology of Music

If you’re having trouble getting a date, French researchers suggest that picking the right soundtrack could improve the odds. There’s plenty of research indicating that the media affects our behavior but this study specifically tested the power of romantic lyrics on 18-20 year old single females by exposing them to romantic background music in a waiting area before meeting men as part of the experiment. Researchers discovered that romantic love songs did make a difference. Women were more prepared to give their number to an ‘average’ young man after listening to romantic background music.


Sonic city: the evolving economic geography of the music industry

August 18, 2010

From Journal of Planning Education and Research

While musicians can come from anywhere, they migrate over time. This research finds the music industry has become significantly more concentrated. In the US, New York and Los Angeles remain dominant locations with Nashville emerging in third place. There has been a tendency for musicians to cluster in search of inspiration and mutual learning, labeled as a “music scene”. However in this modern age there are good reasons for geographical spread. Musicians tour and travel to perform, with the rise of the Internet, social media, and digital distribution of musical content there is little need to be tied to a specific music center. The article examines the powerful forces that will continue to push and pull the geographical movement of the industry.

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