Has anyone ever heard of the effect that baroque music has on the mind/brain - http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html
I remember hearing this about 11 years ago, when my friend and I were studying for high school exams. I have to admit it does have some short term effect. I bring this up because the other day, in the evening after work I was tired but I by chance listened to some baroque classical music and it did bring some stillness or calm to my mind. I know inherently that is by no means the kind of calmness, understanding, wisdom, resilience or patience that is "acquired" (i don't what other word to use as one should not have any goal at all when practising) after zazen (shikatanza) practice. Never the less, there is something to this music. A hypothesis provided by the article is
"Classical music from the baroque period causes the heart beat and pulse rate to relax to the beat of the music. As the body becomes relaxed and alert, the mind is able to concentrate more easily."
"The power of music to affect memory is quite intriguing. Mozart's music and baroque music, with a 60 beats per minute beat pattern, activate the left and right brain. The simultaneous left and right brain action maximizes learning and retention of information. The information being studied activates the left brain while the music activates the right brain. Also, activities which engage both sides of the brain at the same time, such as playing an instrument or singing, causes the brain to be more capable of processing information."
Wondering if anyone came across anything pertaining to music and the mind. I just found it that I heard this music and it had a calming effect.
ps. personally i listen to hildergarde when going to bed http://youtube.com/watch?v=P90oqF19NuY[/video]] . First started listening to gregorian chant when I was 10 or so.