(ORDO NEWS) — Neuroscientists at McMaster University, Canada have turned an electronic music concert into a laboratory study! They studied how different levels of bass affect dancing and people’s moods.
“I am a drummer by training and much of my research career has focused on the rhythmic aspects of music and how they move us,” says first author Daniel Cameron.
“Music is a biological curiosity: it doesn’t feed us or give us shelter, so why do people like it and why do we dance to it?”
Cameron decided to conduct a study that combined science and music. He studied the concert that takes place in the research theater.
The hall is equipped with motion capture technology, a Meyer sound system that can reproduce various concert environments, and advanced speakers that can sound at very low frequencies that are imperceptible to the human ear.
For their study, Cameron and colleagues recruited participants who attended a concert by electronic music duo Orphx.
All listeners wore headbands that were sensitive to movement. In addition, participants were asked to complete questionnaires before and after the event.
During the 45-minute concert, the researchers manipulated the speakers, turning the low frequencies on and off.
As it turned out, when the speakers reproduced inaudible bass, the amount of movement in the hall was 12% more.
Scientists believe it’s all about the sensation of vibration through touch and the interaction between the inner ear and the brain. This is all closely related to the propulsion system.
The researchers suggest that these physical processes are involved in the neurological connection between music and movement. Our body can pick up low frequencies and influence the desire to dance.
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