Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Troops Of Music's Influences In Psychiatry

Music can help listeners accomplish tasks throughout the day, Psychiatrist Galina Mindlin says . Listeners can put on one playlist to get revved up for a super-charged day at work, then use other playlists when they need to focus on a specific project, get the most out of their workout, or calm themselves before bed. Metallica, for example. can chase the blues away, she said.

Using targeted playlists is a cheap, effective and side-effect-free method for becoming "optimally productive," said Mindlin, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and supervising attending physician in the department of Psychiatry at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center. "Your Playlist Can Change Your Life" lists sample playlists, but Mindlin cautions that choosing specific tracks is a highly personal exercise. There's no magic list of songs that work for everyone, Mindlin said. Instead listeners should rely on their own tastes in music and pay close attention to how songs make them feel.

Mindlin said, "What's right for you might not be right for someone else". "Some people love the classical genre, but some people get excited by pop. The idea is to activate as many brain areas as you can." One playlist in the book lists songs with 100 to 130 beats per minute for achieving high alertness when you need to focus on an important work project. Sample tunes in that category include "Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2, "Lady Madonna" by the Beatles, "Goodbye Earl" by the Dixie Chicks, "Sweet Dreams" by Marilyn Manson and "Don't Phunk with My Heart" by the Black Eyed Peas.

By Leslie Albrecht,