Sunday, June 28, 2009

Music and Heart Rhythms

Here's a story on some research getting at little more detail on the connection between music and cardiovascular rhythms.

>>researchers found that healthy adults' heart rate, blood pressure and blood flow changed in response to musical crescendos and decrescendos<<

>>The phrases, from two pieces by Verdi, were about 10 seconds long, Bernardi's team notes, which is similar to the standard oscillations in blood pressure. In contrast, a more "intellectual" solo singing piece by Bach had relatively little effect on cardiovascular rhythms.<<

>>the cardiovascular responses were seen even in the absence of emotional responses to the music and altered breathing was not necessary to see cardiovascular effects.<<

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