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Mozart lowers blood pressure, ABBA doesn't
By T.K. Randall
June 23, 2016 · 20 comments
Classical music is quite effective at lowering blood pressure. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Evette
Scientists in Germany have been attempting to find out how music affects a listener's blood pressure.
In a series of experiments, researchers at Ruhr University exposed volunteers to several different pieces of music including Mozart's Symphony No 40 in g minor and a compilation of ABBA songs.
The results indicated that listening to Mozart lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressure by quite a significant amount whereas listening to the 70s Swedish pop group made almost no difference at all.
The effect of listening to Mozart was in fact so profound that it's ability to lower blood pressure was found to be comparable to that achieved through exercise or dietry changes.
"In our study, listening to classical music resulted in lowered blood pressure and heart rate," said study lead author Hans-Joachim Trappe.
"The music of ABBA did not show any or only very small effects on blood pressure and heart rate. This may be due to emotional factors, but on the other hand the use of spoken words may have a negative role."
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