I hope this is not closed as OT, after all music has accompanied us humans for quite a long time. And it's value as "social glue" cannot be overestimated.
And I guess everyone of you has already experienced the tremendous impact it has on mood etc. Long story made short: This page lists some intriguing facts about what music can do to our brain. http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html
One simple way students can improve test scores is by listening to certain types of music such as Mozart's Sonata for Two Piano's in D Major before taking a test. This type of music releases neurons in the brain which help the body to relax. The effectiveness of Mozart's sonatas can be seen by the results from an IQ test performed on three groups of college students. The first group listened to a Mozart sonata before taking the test. The second group listened to a relaxation tape before their test. The third group did not listen to anything before the test. The first group had the highest score with an average of 119. The second group ended up with an average of 111, and the third group had the lowest score with an average of 110.
An Australian physician and psychiatrist, Dr. John Diamond, found a direct link between muscle strength/weakness and music. He discovered that all of the muscles in the entire body go weak when subjected to the "stopped anapestic beat" of music from hard rock musicians, including Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Queen, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Bachman - Turner Overdrive, and The Band. Dr. Diamond found another effect of the anapestic beat. He called it a "switching" of the brain. Dr. Diamond said this switching occurs when the actual symmetry between both of the cerebral hemispheres is destroyed causing alarm in the body along with lessened work performance, learning and behavior problems in children, and a "general malaise in adults."
Now my question is, which sort of music do you think is most paleo? Indigenous drum rhythms? Anything with a BMP of 60 (as stated in the article) b/c it's close to the heartbeat? What are your experiences, or maybe studies you've read about this topic?
PS: rock music does make me nervous somehow, while techno (120 BMP) feels relaxing (2x60BMP=heartbeat?)