The Reason We Enjoy Sad Music


From Medical Daily:

Finding joy in sad music sounds oxymoronic – however, few people claim to steer clear of tunes that deal with heavy topics in minor keys.

For instance, take the Australian songwriter Gotye’s “Somebody That You Used to Know” – the breakup elegy that in 2012 earned the mindboggling title “Most Streamed Song in U.S History,” according to statistic from Spotify.

Lachrymose pop hits follow in a long line of emotional self-harm that dates back to Ancient Greece. But why do we put ourselves through these ordeals?

According to new research conducted by scientists from the Tokyo University of the Arts and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, the artificial tragedy of sad songs may actually evoke the opposite feeling in the listener.

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