Aside from the science, what kind of music do you think makes you feel most powerful?
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Now a new study finds that music of the right kind can transform the listener’s sense of power.
The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, was inspired by the pre-game routines of athletes (Hsu et al., 2014).
Dennis Hsu, who led the study, explains:
“When watching major sports events, my coauthors and I frequently noticed athletes with their earphones on while entering the stadium and in the locker room.
The ways these athletes immerse themselves in the music — some with their eyes steely shut and some gently nodded along to the beats — it seems as if the music is mentally preparing and toughening them up for the competition about to occur.”
But which type of music is best for boosting your power and what is it about that music that makes you feel powerful?