Music Has Same Effect As Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Researchers have found that music can improve sports performance by the same rate as illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
Posted on Apr 25, 2012 02:09 pm
Music can have the same effect on the human body during sports as performance enhancing drugs, says a new book.
According to "Inside Sports Psychology" (via ESPN), listening to the right music can improve an athlete's performance by 15 per cent.
The psychologists who wrote it, Costas Karageorghis and Peter Terry, say that most world-class athletes can motivate themselves and don't need music to drive their performance.
However, another class off people benefit from an external stimulus to kick themselves into gear, and these are the people who get most benefit from listening to music while working out.
Most music fans know that music can have a powerful and influential effect on them, but one thing we might overlook is its long-term effects.
This remarkable video shows an old disabled man being shown music from his era. He immediately sits up, sings along and appears animated by the music:
Afterwards, he says: "[Music] give me the feeling of love, romance. I figure right now, the world needs to come into music, singing."
Can the UG community share their own stories about the power of music?