The Impact of Music

Music can have some positive and negative effects on mood, behavior, and intelligence.


Madison Nash, Writer

Music is everywhere, at school, at work, even in your home. Most people have been around music their entire lives, from birth to present day, whether young or old, we all listen to music. However, music can have some interesting effects on human behavior, mood, and intelligence.

Music can have some positive and negative effects on mood, behavior, and intelligence. A study from   Journal of Consumer Research found that people who are going through break-ups or having relationship problems listen to music and experiences that reflect their negative mood. Other research from  American Association of Pediatrics or AAP, lyrics with negative messages, can encourage bad behavior and result in children acting out.

“However, music can also reduce stress and anxiety.Music played by dentists and doctors right before surgery often promote tranquility” says a study by Healthy Children from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Music can also boost brainpower. Research and Studies from verify that music, especially classical, temporarily improves work effort, and boosts brain power, as well as lower blood pressure.

Pregnant woman tend to use an idea called the Mozart Effect. The Mozart effect is proven to have an effect on mental development, and may induce a short term improvement on the brain’s ability to complete tasks. The Mozart Effect also can affect children with epilepsy in a positive way. Studies from JRSM prove that children who listened to to the Mozart piano sonata K448 there was a significant decrease in epileptiform activity.

We all a have our favorite kinds of music that we use to help get through our everyday problems. Sometimes music can act as a security blanket, and sometimes music can act as a motivational boost. Music can affect humans in both positive and negative ways, however, music affects each person differently, how is music effecting you?