2 Mar

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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29 Aug

Sammy Kuffour: Ghana will shock the continent at Afcon 2019

first_imgFormer Ghana and Bayern Munich defender Samuel Osei Kuffour believes the country will profit from the lack of expectations at the upcoming Afcon in Egypt.Having represented Ghana himself at the Afcon and also the world cup, the former defender wants Ghana to make the most of the lack of attention being showered on them.Ghana will have to make it out of Group F which also has defending champions Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau and Benin.“I am looking forward to the Afcon,but the most important thing is that we go into it without pressure“We are going into the tournament with a free mind because we are not favorites.“If you count about five teams that could win the tournament no one will mention Ghana.“This is where our chance lies,because we are going into the tournament with a free mind.“We know that we are not going to bring the cup so it could be a surprise.“Football is full of surprises,nobody thought Cameroon would win the competition two years ago but they did.“The belief in the country is low regarding the Black Stars going all the way to win the cup,It could be a shock for all of us,” he told Citi sports.Ghana will be seeking to end a drought that has lasted nearly three decades despite making a semi-final and a final appearance in the last two editions of the competition.last_img read more

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