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Mozart lowers blood pressure, ABBA doesn't

By T.K. Randall
June 23, 2016 · Comment icon 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."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (20)

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Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit "Waterloo" was chosen as the best song in the competition's history.[9] The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.[10]   Source:
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Blood pressure off-scale high...
Comment icon #13 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Or here...
Comment icon #14 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Sorry, I'm trying to embed the vid, but doesn't seem to work. Mods???
Comment icon #16 Posted by seeder 8 years ago
remove the 's' from https
Comment icon #17 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
I wonder how many of the volunteers prefer classical music to classic rock/pop?  If you don't like a particular type of music you either ignore it or it irritates you.  Years ago, a woman I worked with thought I needed soothing so she played "soothing sea sounds" in my office.  All if did was tick me off more than the jerks, I mean co-workers I was dealing with at the time.
Comment icon #18 Posted by joonmoon999 8 years ago
Well, I would be playing that song all day.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Mantis914 8 years ago
I wonder if that lowered the cows blood pressure?  They seemed to be enjoying it a bit too much.  I was fully expecting to see hooves in the air as a cow went by body surfing in the crowd...
Comment icon #20 Posted by Zalmoxis 8 years ago
That is great. Disco isn't recorded to nod off to so I'm not surprised.

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