Summary #218

Why do people with depression like listening to sad music?

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  • A new study suggests that people with depression listen to sad music to lift their spirits - and not, as older studies assumed, to maintain negative emotions.
  • 38 female undergrads diagnosed with depression, alongside 38 non-depressed controls, were played various excerpts of sad and happy music.
  • Most of the depressed participants stated that they preferred sad music because it was calming and even uplifting.
  • The study doesn’t give answers as to why depressed people find low-energy, sad music uplifting.

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