Researchers Uncover the Surprisingly Soothing Effects of Heavy Metal

Listening to aggressive music doesn’t just psych us up, it can help calm us down, as well.

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It’s something most metal heads have known for years, but new research out of the University of Queensland, Australia, suggests that loud, aggressive music can actually have a calming effect on people experiencing bouts of anger or sadness (although the same might not be said about anyone else within earshot). The study’s conclusions fly in the face of those who would automatically link aggressive music to subsequently aggressive behavior, suggesting instead that what we might choose to listen to—and why—may, in fact, be a much more textured neurological question.

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