We all want a little piece and quiet in our lives, but constant noise bombardments from the world around, have been a challenging problem that we confront every day. Little do we know that these problems can have an interesting effect on an individual.
There are numerous ways to use music to your benefit. The most prevailing method is the one used by major companies to put you on hold. The music they play in the background is not played just because companies want you to hear the newest hits, they play the music because of its ability to pass the waiting time.
They think you won’t be affected by your anger if you hear the soothing sound of their music, making it less likely for you to hang up in rage. You will notice this music everywhere you go, either you go to the doctor’s office or to the bank; you will notice great music playing around you.
Retail stores are also a fan of soothing music, it is seldom known that malls, clothing stores or supermarkets have a variety of songs that influences your shopping spree.
How does this work exactly?
Let’s try a theoretical approach to understand why exactly music influences our perception to the passing time. Well first let’s transform the human brain into a starving white lion eating a bag of dollars, second let’s try to distract the lion with a few zookeepers that are throwing food, objects, even shout or yell at him. The lion won’t be impressed by their attempts and will utterly deny any small distraction, but that thing that will influence him will be another zookeeper who just snuck up on him and got the money from under the lion’s claws, while he was still deciding what to eat.
As we process the information above, we notice that when our brain is regularly distracted, it’s less likely to notice things around us in more details, and that includes the passage of time. Our brain has a limited instruction capacity, and when that capacity is maxed out, we block a lot of things like, “I’ve been standing in line to get a G.R. Martin autograph for more than five hours” or “Do I really need this Pokémon cup holder?”
These are great things to know, but it also gives us an insight of the opposite possibilities. We found out that in diverse situations, listening to music can also expand the perceived amount of time. For example, we know that listening to music while we carry out difficult concentrating tasks; our brain will usually overestimate the amount of time that flew by. This theory makes your mind switch back and forth between music perception and concentration on the task at hand, allowing separate “events”, or distinct memories to form, which will confuse the brain in thinking that these events took place in let’s say about two hours, when actually 30 minutes had pass.
This confusion is similar to the situation when we are listening to music we dislike. Also, our minds can be very interesting, making us remember a whole song and playing it in our heads, as we only hear the opening chords from a song that we like.
Take advice from Top Gun Productions Chicago DJ Company and listen to your own music, and form your own tolerance to misguided songs.
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