Beautiful Sad Music for the Blues

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers at the universities of Kent and Limerick conducted a study to see why we choose to listen to certain music when we’re sad.

    “Beautiful but sad music” can help cure a case of the blues according to psychologists at the universities of Kent and Limerick.  The researchers wanted to know why we choose to listen to certain music when we are sad.  They had participants recall a negative emotional event in their lives and what sad music they had listened to following the event.  They found that the sad people’s motives to choosing music they perceived as ‘sad,’ wasn’t to enhance their mood.   Instead, the music participants identified as ‘beautiful’ was what ultimately enhanced their mood.