New Zealand alt-pop artist Benee combined her favorite food with the expertise of neuroscientists to create a song. bagelsthat was more effective at reducing anxiety than the title previously considered the world’s most relaxing song.
Scientists from Auckland University of Technology played bagels Up to 30 young people underwent an EEG brain test and found that they reported reduced short-term anxiety.
The scans showed that while listening to the song, there was less activity between the frontal and parietal lobes, areas of the brain that light up when our minds are working or stressed.
“These are parts of the brain that get activated when we’re busy, when we’re doing something strenuous in terms of cognition, thinking, working memory and attention, etc.,” said Associate Professor Mangor Pedersen, a neuroscientist who led the study. called.
“It’s a good indicator that the brain can actually take a little break when we have fewer connections between these areas.”
Participants listened to six songs, including the shape of you by Ed Sheeran, Weightless by Marconi Union (considered the world’s most relaxing song) and two metal songs including “System of a Down”. BYOB., which had the highest anxiety scores.
bagels reduced anxiety by more than 5 percent Weightless and the song had the strongest effect of suppressing brain connectivity of any track in the experiment.
Benee and producer Josh Fountain worked with scientists to give the song musical elements that might reduce anxiety, including a 4/4 meter structure and a tempo of 60 to 80 beats per minute. The result is an ambient lo-fi track with soft beats that includes spoken word.