This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many here but, scientific research has finally upheld that bass heavy music does in fact make you feel more powerful.
While not terribly groundbreaking, this may explain why while …And Justice For All despite being heavy and aggressive fails to ever get anybody amped up because that whole they were more into making a statement than mixing a good record thing.
As part of an unusual experiment, the husband was instructed to “agree with his wife’s every opinion and request without complaint,” and to continue doing so “even if he believed the female participant was wrong,” according to a report on the research that was published Tuesday by the British Medical Journal.
Over the 12 days of the experiment, the husband’s quality of life plummeted from a baseline score of 7 all the way down to 3. The wife started out at 8 and rose to 8.5 by Day 6. She had no desire to share her quality of life with the researchers on Day 12, according to the report.
Not too terribly surprising considering cognitive dissonance tends to make you upset when you have to mentally reconcile being incorrect.
Here is a rather detailed, but insightful and constructive look at what causes traffic jams and more importantly some tips on preventing them. Read the entire pieceby William Beaty, for a whole bunch of sciencey stuff about driving and traffic and some tips backed up by his own experiments in Seattle.
It’s always a good idea to drive without changing speed and without competing with other drivers for bits of headway. But I’d always assumed that the reasons were philosophical rather than practical. A single solitary driver, if they stop “competing” and instead adopt some unusual driving habits, can actually wipe away some of the frustrating traffic
(TL;DR, don’t be rude to other drivers, use common sense, and have patience)
A recently reported study from the University of Melbourne was covered in The Atlantic, for its scientific observation of how humans come to hear, understand, and appreciate music. I’m certain this comes to the chagrin of the Sidney Dean who was quite insistent of Billy Hoyle’s well-established inability to “hear Jimi”
The ability to identify tones and thus enjoy harmonies was positively correlated with musical training. Said study co-author Sarah Wilson, “This showed us that even the ability to hear a musical pitch (or note) is learned.”
From a practical standpoint, the results seem to suggest that we can train ourselves to better appreciate music. This includes that of unfamiliar traditions, which, assuming this is not just a clever way of promoting the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, is great news for those who’ve been wanting to get into jazz . [*]