The Lasting Effects of Negative Music

Music influences more than mood. Experiment on rice exposes the corruptive abilities of negativity in music and speech.

Studies suggest that listening to immoral music affects behavior and brain function and is  similar to that of verbal abuse.


Music is a common pastime for many Americans – but there are ways various songs affect you. Listening to any music containing malicious intent or demeaning words has the potential to change your brains’ physical chemistry and function — but not for the better.

Dr. Masaru Emoto, a famed research analyst, conducted many experiments following the deterioration of rice based on how it was spoken to and how well it was treated. Two separate jars of rice with water were labeled “good,” and “bad.”  The rice packed in a jar labeled “good” was serenaded with kind words and spoken very highly of. The second jar of grains labeled as “bad” was spoken down to and repeatedly told it was hated. A third jar of rice was totally ignored and not given the slightest bit of acknowledgement.

This experiment ended with the “good” rice turning into a sweet smelling compound known as Saki while the “bad” rice rotted at an exponential rate and turned completely black in color. The aim of this experiment was to expose the power that intent has – whether good or bad — and in parenting, the devastation that can be caused when children are slated with negativity. The ignored jar of grains may have yielded the worst results yet. It turned a blackish color and began to rot.

If this can happen to rice, how much more water does this hold when applied to humans — children in particular? This experiment displays the results of verbal abuse and can resemble what happens when the human mind is exposed to negative music that berates the listener.

Such forms of music on the “danger list” are genres of hip hop and gangster rap that contain excessive swear words, obscene lewd acts and violence. This has been proven to spike the same behaviors in children who regularly listen to it and watch music videos containing the same content.

On the other hand, many types of hip hop project images of success being the sole means of increasing one’s self-worth and status even if achieving this success means committing crimes. This warps the idea of morality and mental stability. These ill effects are extensive and effect youth on  continents from America and Africa to Europe and France.

The other side of this phenomenon includes the possibility for certain types of music like Mozart being able to boost creativity and intelligence. Tests ran on students found that those involved in playing instruments and actively listening to composed music like that of Mozart’s sonata had higher IQs. Those who played instruments were found to be better equipped for executing tasks.

A neurologist by the name of Patel says these rates of success are due to levels of preciseness  being greater in music than in speech, thus listening to constructive music or learning to play instruments increases learning potential in other fields. Studies conducted by Paula Andrade of Colegio Criativa found how closely the ability to read music notes and language were related. Children having a hard time translating sound into music notes had equal difficulty translating language into writing.

Pertaining to 10 ten facts about music is the ability of music to slow heart rate in conjunction with nervousness and heart illness. Patients part of this study also described a reduction in blood pressure, crucial for lowering risk of stroke. It can also change the way facial expressions are perceived. Those who listened to cheerful songs tended to believe the people around them were happy as well, whether they showed emotion in their faces or not. Along with colors being conjured up in the minds of those listening to music, it has also been proven to aid in lost vision. People listening to music who suffered from poor eye sight showed greater visual focus than those who didn’t listen to any.

These studies showcase the side effects of negativity used in both speech and in music, reminding us all to be careful what we listen to and how often. We should remember to treat one another with decency and respect, because there is no telling how far reaching the effects of unprovoked biting words and rudeness will be. There is a fable of two wolves living in a person, one represents love and the other, hate. Which one survives? The one you feed. This reminds of that what we involve ourselves with can be detrimental to how we interact with others. We should always strive to be positive and reject the negativity that can manifest in both speech and music as it can affect our lives and the lives of those around us.

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