Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/10/feelgood_factor.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/10/feelgood_factor.html en-gb 30 Tue 16 Sep 2014 12:59:32 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/10/feelgood_factor.html BluesBerry http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/10/feelgood_factor.html?page=0#comment0 Medical research has shown that music has a profound effect on the body and mind. In fact, there’s a growing specilization in health care called: Music Therapy. Hospitals are beginning to use music therapy to help with pain management, to WARD OFF DEPRESSION, to promote movement, to calm patients, to ease muscle tension… Research has shown that music with a strong beat can stimulate brainwaves to resonate in sync, faster beats bringing sharper concentration and more alert thinking; slower beats promoting a calm, meditative state. Music can also be used to bring a more positive state of mind, helping to keep depression and anxiety at bay. This can help prevent the stress response from wreaking havoc on the body, and can help keep creativity and optimism levels higher.After researching what notes sounded pleasant together Pythagoras worked out the frequency ratios (or string length ratios with equal tension) and found that they had a particular mathematical relationship. The octave was found to be a 1:2 ratio and what we today call a fifth to be a 2:3 ratio. Pythagoras concluded that all the notes could be produced by these two ratios. The problem was that after applying these ratios repeatedly he was able to move through the whole scale but end up back where he started... The correct solution was worked out by Galilei (the father of the famous Galileo Galilei) who concluded that the best frequencies were in the proportions (Are you ready?)do re mi fa so la ti do1 9/8 5/4 4/3 3/2 5/3 15/8 2All of this gives a brand new meaning to "tuned-in" and "tuned-out". There is a harmony to the universe, and when we are out of harmony with the universe, I believe this often leads to depression and other mental health issues. Sat 02 Oct 2010 13:07:40 GMT+1