Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Music, books, teenagers and depression


Thanks to Avi W. for this link. My only question is why the researchers find this correlation surprising (and as a corollary, why they can't see the direct causal relationship), given the kinds of music most teenagers in the U.S. listen to today. There has been so much clinical work on this subject done before now.

Moreover, it's been known for literally millennia in high cultures (and from the beginning in so-called primitive ones) that some kinds of music, and some elements of music, are mood-altering - powerfully so, in fact. Only those who wanted to justify their musical tastes at all costs have ever argued otherwise.

(The above graphic comes from a recent New York Times article on how music affects the nervous system. An earlier post links to that article.)

- John Wheeler (יוחנן רכב)

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