We already know that the Metalhead kids of the 80s “‘were significantly happier in their youth, and better adjusted currently.'” Now new evidence has found that punk and heavy metal music has a calming effect.
Josh Jones via Open Culture:
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Now, even more recent research into the effects of angry hardcore punk and metal on the psyches of young people seems to confirm these results and further suggest that aggressive music has a paradoxically calming effect. In a study titled “Extreme metal music and anger processing,” University of Queensland psychologists Leah Sharman and Genevieve Dingle describe how they subjected “39 extreme music listeners aged 18-34 years of age” to “anger induction,” during which time, writesConsequence of Sound, “they talked about such irritating things as relationships, money, and work.” Once the test subjects were good and stressed, Sharman and Dingle had them listen either to a “random assignment” of “extreme music from their own playlist” for ten minutes or to ten minutes of silence.