According to a journal published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science, lead researcher Dennis Hsu of Northwestern University explains that music has more than just an entertaining value: it can also "imbue humans with a real sense of power."
How does this work? “Powerful people are more likely to speak with a deep, bass voice, and a bass voice is often associated with higher perceived power,” the researchers write, noting James Earl Jones’ foreboding tones as Darth Vader in Star Wars.
Apparently even a wordless reminder of this association is enough to make us feel more powerful. As the researchers put it: “People can hear specific music components that express a sense of power, and mimic those feelings internally.”
And that’s important, because people who feel powerful tend to act differently than those who don’t. In additional studies, participants who had listened to “high-power music” such as Queen’s “We Will Rock You” were more likely to step forward and go first in a debate competition.
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