(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers from Japan have found that dancing not only brings pleasure, but also improves brain function.
Experts believe that groove (an energetic musical direction, such as swing, funk, etc.) can significantly increase the performance of executive function and related brain activity.
It seems that at work you only need to listen to the groove!
Researchers at the University of Tsukuba, Japan believe that groove music can induce feelings of pleasure and increase levels of behavioral arousal.
Exercise, which has a similar positive effect, is known to enhance executive function (a system of processes that allows you to plan, change response depending on the context, and selectively pay attention). A similar phenomenon should occur when listening to such a musical genre.
However, no previous studies have examined the effect of groove music on brain activity in areas associated with executive function, such as the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (l-DLPFC). This is exactly what the scientists did.
How was the study
The authors of the work carried out functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) with a special task. Volunteers were also asked to talk about their experiences listening to groove music.
The results were amazing. It turned out that the rhythm of the music increased the executive function and activity in the l-DLPFC only in those participants who reported that such music caused them a strong desire to dance.
“Our results indicate that individual differences in psychological responses to groove music modulate corresponding effects on executive function. Thus, the effect of groove rhythm on human cognitive ability may depend on the habit or ability to process the rhythm,” the authors conclude.
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