Headbang and Relax: Can Heavy Metal Calm You Down?

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According to a Recent Study, Extreme Music Can Have Same Effect as a Warm Hug

Contrary to popular belief, heavy metal and other forms of extreme music can positively influence those experiencing anger, as revealed by The University of Queensland in a new study.

Play along with Iron Maiden‘s “Run To The Hills” with the chords and lyrics in sync:

- Run to the Hills

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In contrast to previous studies linking loud and chaotic music to aggression and delinquency, research by UQ’s School of Psychology honours student Leah Sharman and Dr. Genevieve Dingle showed listeners mostly became inspired and calmed.

“We found the music regulated sadness and enhanced positive emotions,” Ms. Sharman said. “When experiencing anger, extreme music fans liked to listen to music that could match their anger. The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired.”

Check out some heavy metal tunes on utab, kick off your shoes and just chill!