Relaxing Classical Music Reduces Heart Rate Variability

From a study by Escher J, and Evéquoz D:

The effect of trophotropic (relaxing) music on heart rate and heart rate variability has been investigated in 23 healthy young individuals by means of 24-hour Holter-ECG. Relaxing music (Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart) resulted in significant reduction of heart rate and also significant reduction of heart rate variability [emphasis added]. The significance of these results for the use of music in coronary heart disease is discussed.

Here we see another German study advocating the use of specific musical pieces as a therapeutic intervention for a specific condition. There is no telling where this research is heading, but after reading all these studies, week after week, I am truly beginning to believe that we are on the edge of a major scientific breakthrough. I have some studies in the posting pipeline that propose some really wild theories about exactly how the Mozart effect works, and I can’t wait to see the stir they will cause in the scientific journals!

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