Nov 18, 2008, 06:51AM

Music replaces laughter as best medicine

Next time you see someone clutching at their chest, forget the difibrulator and throw on some Jimi Hendrix.

We'll take it:

In the study, participants were allowed to select music which made them feel good and brought them joy. Researchers found a healthy response that matches the response found by an earlier study on laugher. The music caused tissue in the inner lining of blood vessels to or expand which increased blood flow. Conversely, listening to music that was perceived as stressful caused their blood vessels to narrow, producing a potentially unhealthy response that reduces blood flow.


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