The Psychology of Music

In a previous post, I mentioned how text messaging can be a very distracting tool for students. From my own experiences, I’ve seen people at the library and in class text message continuously, distracting them from what’s really important. I’ve seen the same thing happen with music. Practically every student has an MP3 player and/or laptop with music downloads. Using these devices while studying, or in lectures, has proven to be a threat to school performance. But for others, music stimulates the brain and allows one to focus. At the workplace, many employees are listening to music at their cubicles.

A study at the University of Windsor studied the effect of music on software engineers. The researchers collected data from 56 participants (male and female) and observed their work performance over five weeks. The results indicated that when music was absent, quality of work was the lowest and projects were taking a lot longer to complete. The researchers concluded that music promoted a positive mood and improved acuity.

There is one potential flaw to this study – were the projects the same difficulty when comparing presence of music to the control? If easier projects were assigned to the subjects when they were listening to music, then no practical conclusions can be made from the study.

However, other analysis demonstrates that music has a positive effect on how our brain functions. A study was conducted to test the ability of mice to learn new things. When the mice were exposed to heavy metal music, they actually all started attacking each other. When mice were exposed to classical music, there was a clear observable improvement in perception. This experiment poses an interesting question, how do different types of music affect our performance? Are there significant differences between music genres when assessing quality of work?

Music is a lot more powerful than we think. In fact, music has been used as a means of therapy. Researchers observed that patients who listened to calm, classical music experienced significantly less post-surgical throbbing than those who did not. Exposure to music helps autistic children stay calm and maintain composure during stressful situations. Even in plants, studies demonstrated that plants exposed to jazz or classical music grew healthier compared to those exposed to rock music, which grew droopy.

But music has also demonstrated negative effects. Music can be a distraction tool for many while working, walking, running, driving etc. Just like text messaging, it makes you unaware of the environment around you. Having an impaired perception of what people are saying around you could be very dangerous. The American Psychological Society found a strong correlation between violence and music. Youths who listened to music with violent lyrics were linked to more aggressive and dangerous behavior. A study by a sociology professor found that higher rates of suicide were present among those who listen to old country music.

Although I have mentioned a variety of conclusions that have been formulated by analysis of music studies, there are a few points to consider that could potentially question the validity of these results. Many studies use small sample sizes that do not reflect the population. In addition, there are many other variables that could be present that skew the data. Thus more research is required to accurately develop conclusions regarding the effects of music. However, many of these experiments have been reproduced to provide very similar results.

I’ve noticed that the link between work or school performance and music generally varies from person to person. Although studies do show that there is a general positive correlation, data should be dug deeper. For example, what types of music have the best and worst effect? Are there any specific professions that music has an overwhelmingly positive or negative effect? We have already seen a few studies that demonstrate opposite effects when comparing classical to heavy metal music exposure.

However, funding a study of such nature would be very worthwhile because this could provide a lot of value to educational and work institution policies. Permitting the use of music could improve employee output and productivity. It wouldn’t even cost the company anything because of the free accessibility of online radio. Even then, who doesn’t have a mobile music device these days? Perhaps we may even see universities allowing the use of personal music during examinations (of course these students would have to be closely monitored). After all, exams technically are supposed to test our knowledge and ability to apply concepts in real world situations (what they actually do is another topic of debate). And in real world situations, we would probably be listening to music, so why can’t we during exams?

Music For Astral Projection – The Easy Way to Have Your First Astral Travel Experience From Home!

Does music for astral projection work? Is it hard to find? Expensive? And has it been PROVEN to be effective? In this article we are going to take a quick and insightful look at music for astral projection, and see if it’s a good choice for YOU as you begin to explore the astral realms! Curious to know more? Great… continue reading as we take a closer look below!

Filed Under: Does Music Really Cause You to Leave Your Body?

Honestly? It helps sync your brain waves, and “tune” your mind to a very harmonized frequency, which has been proven, (scientifically and in many tests) to facilitate the process of inducing an OBE. (out of body experience) As a matter of fact, the most important (and famous) pioneer in modern astral projection (Robert Monroe), created these technologies himself, to help ordinary people like you and I have our first experiences in the ethereal realms. (Monroe was able to induce OBE without any music, help or effort at all!)

And before you think it’s all just a bunch of “kooky” new age nonsense…

Binural beats (the technical name for sound and music designed to facilitate the OBE experience) has been studied EXTENSIVELY by scientists, and the Monroe Institute in Virginia is one of the most respected international centers for the study (and expansion) of human consciousness!

Filed Under: Are these Sounds Expensive to Buy?

They used to be. But the Internet has made these technologies for common place… and lots of high quality, astral projection tracks are now available to be downloaded from reputable re-sellers. When I first got interested in using technology to help me have my first projection more than a decade ago… you actually had to go to one of these retreats, or week long seminars to have the experience and get the special sounds for your desired experience. (not for me!) The online availability is much easier… and much less expensive to boot!

The bottom line?

Astral projection is truly one of the most amazing, paradigm busting, perspective changing experiences you can in your lifetime! It teaches you INSTANTLY that you are MUCH more than your body… and that’s a lesson that opens up a world of power, purpose and possibility that you’ve never thought of before! (and changed my own life forever!)

Astral Projection Music – Can Sound Really Help Me Have My First OBE? (Shocking But True!)

Does music really help people have an out of body experience? Can “noise” really induce astral travel? And is there any real science that supports this….or is it all just a bunch of hype to sell products? Any of these questions sound familiar? If you are anything like most of the people who enjoy our articles on the paranormal, astral travel and beyond…the chances are you’ve got your hand held high right now, right? If this sounds like something you’d like to learn more about, continue reading as we take a closer look below!

Filed Under: You CAN Train Your Brain!

Astral projection music, when “coded” properly….is designed to do one thing: To train your brain to synchronize to a certain internal rhythm that’s been proven to be amenable to the out of body experience. Now, without getting too much into the neuroscience of it all, the premise is actually quite simple: Altered states CAN be, (and are regularly) induced in all sorts of people by introducing sound into the eardrums. And by using a slightly DIFFERENT frequency in each ear, the brain actually compensates by generating a “merged” frequency which emulates a deep sleep…..or hypnagogic state. (the state of awareness that is most closely associated with mystical experience)

Filed Under: Brain Entrainment and Science

Has any of this stuff been studied by science? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, this whole field of “sound and state”, was pioneered by Robert Monroe, a leading advocate of out of body exploration. (and the founder of the Monroe Institute….to this day one of the most respected intuitions for consciousness research) Monroe believed that the OBE could be induced with sound….and spent the second half of his life pioneering binural beat technology. And now lots of others have studied the very same science…including lots of meditation centers, neuroscientists (like Dr. Andrew Neuberg who wrote “Why God Won’t Go Away” and other popular books on the brain and mystical experiences) and all kinds of other esteemed institutions of higher learning that focus on inducing transcendental experiences.

The bottom line?

I’ve had MANY out of body and astral projection experiences, and sound has played a HUGE role in most of them. Remember – entering a state of deep meditation is NOT easy on your own, and tools and technologies that can expedite this are a great help for thousands of spiritual warriors who NEED a bit of a “lift” for sure! You can of course, have an astral projection experience WITHOUT music or sound, but for the “average” person, it’s not nearly as easy. (or as much fun to boot!)