More about how music affects your mood

Hello everyone in this post I will be talking about how some music can make you sad. 

Even if music does or doesn't make you feel like crying it can reveal information about your fundamental personality, and that is different for every personality types. Researchers Katherine Cotter and Paul Silvia at the University of North Carolina and Kirill Fayn at the University of Sydney came together to research the emotions that people feel when music makes them feel like crying. Evoking emotion is one of the main points of music, so we probably shouldn’t be too surprised when songs can make you want to fall into a puddle of tears. Crying is a essential  human behavior that can go alongside a variety of intense experiences. Crying can be provoked by grief, for instance at a funeral but also by the opposite extreme happiness,  for instance at a wedding. But gratitude and love and other emotions can also make you want to cry. What emotion do most people feel when they are in tears by music? The researchers surveyed 892 adults and made them listen to sad music 89.8 percent of the people in the study said that they had experienced feeling like crying by hearing the music. The adults were asked to rank their emotional feelings, across a spectrum of 16 emotions, including euphoria, happiness, awe, anxiousness, sadness, depression, etc. The researchers figured out that people who had been moved to tears by music could be separated into two groups, those who felt sadness and those who felt awe. 63 percent reported feeling sad when music made them cry, and 36.7 percent reported feeling awe. Maybe this is the result of people's different personalities.



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Hi Leigha,

This was a very interesting post, i loved how you included plenty of statistics as well! Maybe in a future round of research, i think that it would be fascinating to see how music and sound effects in film affect us emotionally. 


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Good luck in your next round of research!


Hi Leigha,

It's eye-opening how much the brain's activity changes when someone listens to music. You mention how people reacting to music (such as by crying or not crying) are dependent on their personality? I would love to see what these different personality types are and how they are different from each other. This is a very fascinating topic you've decided to tackle, and I hope to see more work from you!

Erica Won

Hey Leigha,

I like your topic about music myself I like listening because I think it relaxes someone's mind.

Music actually affects the brain emotionally because of the way specific brain circuits are wired to respond to music. The closeness and bonding times that come through singing and dancing together actually release the feel-good hormone, oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone. And when listening to music touches us emotionally, it’s because there’s a neurotransmitter produced in the brain, called dopamine, that helps feel the pleasure and connection of music.

I wish you good luck in your research.


Hello Leigha,

You have a very nice topic of discussion.One man said that music is life,this means that music has power over every living thing since nobody  in the world can claim they don't have a specific type of music they love,it may be hip hop,country music and so on.I remember there was a time in Kenya when a cow presented at an annual show won  the tittle of"Cow of the year"and the owner claimed that his cow loved listening to music from a certain radio station. Below is a link that may be of help in your next post:c

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