According to a new study out of University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, hardcore music doesn’t necessarily lead to hardcore actions. Well, duh! But…researchers have been trying to paint the lovers of hardcore music as violent, unstable individuals who might do something irrational for years!
“The theory goes that music to which one can headbang is also music to which one can commit acts of violence and rage. To the researchers surprise, however, they discovered the exact opposite was true.
Dr. Genevieve Dingle and honors student Leah Sharman conducted an experiment involving 39 people between the ages of 18 and 34 who regularly listen to “extreme” music. (“Extreme” included things like heavy metal, hardcore, punk, emo, and screamo.) The subjects were put through 16 minutes of “anger induction,” during which they talked about such irritating things as relationships, money, and work.
After they were sufficiently riled up, they either sat in silence for 10 minutes or listened to 10 minutes of songs from their own playlists. What Dr. Dingle (yep) and Sharman discovered was that those listening to the aggressive music were just as calmed as those sitting in silence.
“The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired,” said the study (via The Guardian). “Results showed levels of hostility, irritability and stress decreased after music was introduced, and the most significant change reported was the level of inspiration they felt.”
So rage away friends, it’s actually quite calming for some souls!