2 Mar
2021

Live Music Is Scientifically Proven To Help Universally Lower Stress Levels

first_imgA scientific study published in Public Health in 2016 shows clear-cut evidence for the benefit of attending live music events. The groundbreaking test comes in at the biological level, as scientists measured levels of cortisol and cortisone both before and after a concert.Cortisol is a hormone factor, produced under conditions of psychological stress. By measuring saliva samples before and after a specific concert, the entirety of the 117 participants showed major reductions in cortisol levels after the fact.While previous studies had shown similar results, this was the first conducted in a natural concert setting, as opposed to a laboratory. The results showed that cortisol levels were reduced in participants of all ages.“These results are in line with 22 previous studies showing that listening to music in the controlled setting of either a laboratory or a hospital can reduce cortisol levels,” said one researcher in an interview with The Telegraph. “It is of note that none of these biological changes were associated with age, musical experience or familiarity with the music being performed. This suggests there is a universal response to concert attendance among audience members.”The one drawback, however, is that the music selection was limited to classical. Further research would be needed to see if other genres show similar conclusions. Still, as lead researcher Daisy Fancourt said, “This is the first preliminary evidence that attending a cultural event can have an impact on endocrine activity.”So, keep on living for live music!last_img read more

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18 Jan
2021

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Salute If/Then’s Josh

first_img 2. Chris, Miss Saigon—19% Who wouldn’t want to be the moon to this GI’s sunlight? Chris may be transferred soon from his station in the West End to Broadway, and we certainly can’t wait to welcome this sergeant home. 3. Joseph Cable, South Pacific—17% Lietenant Cable has some baggage that he has to get over before all that “happy talk” on Bali Ha’i, not to mention malaria, but a man who can croon “Younger Than Springtime” will win us over every time. Fleet Week is drawing to a close, and, sadly, that means considerably less sailors roaming the streets of New York. Still, each of us should always be grateful for the men and women who have served our country. This Memorial Day weekend, we asked you to pick your favorite Broadway man in uniform. Sure, they may be fictional, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pay tribute to them!  1. Josh, If/Then—23% Hey, kid! Josh has double the storylines, so that means extra love from fans. Depending on who you ask (either Liz or Beth), things don’t always turn out as planned, but we still salute this Army doctor, played by Broadway.com video blogger James Snyder.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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