According to a new study out of London, there’s now scientific proof of the positive biological response to live music—reduction in the stress hormone cortisol.
The study’s findings, as written by lead Daisy Fancourt of Imperial College/Royal College of Music, and Aaron Williamon, faculty of medicine, Imperial College London, “This is the first preliminary evidence that attending a cultural event can have an impact on endocrine activity.”
“It is of note that none of these biological changes were associated with age, musical experience or familiarity with the music being performed. This suggests there is a universal response to concert attendance among audience members,” the report continued. (emphasis added)
Before you get your hopes up and demand this explains the ROI of booking Beyoncé or Guns N’ Roses for your next all-staff meeting, it’s worth noting that this study only examined the effect derived from live classical music.
The leading question to arise from this news, however: To what degrees do other music styles or artistic cultural expressions affect human hormone levels?
Read and download the full report, “Attending a concert reduces glucocorticoids, progesterone and the cortisol/DHEA ratio.”
And although it’s not live, face-to-face, I suspect you can still receive some of the stress reduction cited in this study by listening to Erik Satie’s “Gnossienne No. 1.”