Studies solidify what we already know... music has a strong effect on us and our activities.
Music makes an enormous difference while I am working. Certain songs can put me into the Zone while I'm drawing. If the music is too distracting, I can't concentrate while penciling and laying out illustrations. Different aspects of work use different parts of the brain. Some benefit from music and some are hindered by it. And a bad song can absolutely ruin it!
Amazing Power of Music Revealed
LIVE SCIENCE - More than 7,000 runners who raced earlier this month in a half-marathon in London were under the influence of a scientifically derived and powerful performance-enhancing stimulant - pop music.
The danceable, upbeat music at London's "Run to the Beat" race was selected on the basis of the research and consultation of sport psychologist Costas Karageorghis of Brunel University in England. He has learned how to devise soundtracks that are just as powerful, if not more so, as some of the not-so-legal substances that athletes commonly take to excel.
"Music is a great way to regulate mood both before and during physical activity. A lot of athletes use music as if it's a legal drug," Karageorghis told LiveScience. "They can use it as a stimulant or as a sedative. Generally speaking, loud upbeat music has a stimulating effect and slow music reduces arousal."
The link between music and athletic performance is just one example of the inroads scientists and doctors are making into understanding the amazing power that music has over our minds and bodies. Science is backing up our intuition and experience, showing that music really does kill pain, reduce stress, better our brains and basically change how we experience life.