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The best way to have cold brew coffee

Homemade Cold Brew is a highly-caffeinated coffee concentrate. Unlike iced coffee, it’s a slower process that doesn’t use heat to extract the coffee flavor from the grinds.

Homemade Cold Brew Concentrate

Coffee concentrates seem to be popping up everywhere. From the rows of bottled coffee concentrates I see at the market to the numerous cold brew coffee concentrate kits I stumble upon online, it is definitely a hot commodity.

I love the ease of being able to whip up a batch of iced coffee at a moment’s notice. Simply grab a glass, pour, and enjoy.

Obviously, buying these bottles and kits also adds up. This homemade cold brew coffee concentrate solves everything.

brew coffee

Preparing Coffee Beans

Roughly grind your favorite dark roast coffee beans and place them in your French press container. (Pre-ground beans are fine to use as well.)

Pour in water (filtered is best) and vigorously stir to combine. Cover the container and allow the beans to steep overnight (8-12 hours) at room temperature.

The following morning, slowly press down on the French press plunger to filter out the coffee beans from the liquid. Pour the coffee concentrate into a container and keep it chilled in the fridge until you’re ready for an iced coffee.


How Customize Your Ice Coffee

The recipe for this coffee concentrate uses a 1:2 ratio of beans to water.

The concentrate makes between 6-8 cups of iced coffee, depending on your desired strength.

Since I prefer strong coffee, I make my iced coffee using a 1:1 ratio of concentrate to water. The standard iced coffee ratio would be 1:2, 1 part concentrate to 2 parts water or milk.

Brew your cold-brew strong enough and you can even mix it with boiling water and serve it hot. This is a really special way of doing things – the gentle, sweet flavors survive being combined with hot water because there aren’t any grounds left in the mix.

May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short.

Copyright 2018 by yans18, YouTube and Tech Insider

Insomnia : That Stops You Sleeping !

Insomnia : That cause your eyes
Insomnia : That cause your eyes

Sometimes the worst nightmares are the ones you don’t have. There are numerous conditions, disorders, and illnesses that either limit or prevents the amount of sleep an individual is able to get. Many of them are quite dangerous, but none of them are as frightening or rare as fatal familial insomnia.

Prion diseases are a category of rare fatal brain diseases that can strike both humans and animals. The disease hits the nervous system and impairs essential brain functions, which can cause memory loss, decrease in intelligence, personality and behavioral changes, and insomnia. It is caused by an altered and mutated PRNP gene, inherited from a parent, that manifests itself in misshapen protein cells that can pop up in brain tissue.

In humans, there are five known prion diseases: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker Syndrome, Kuru, and Fatal Familial Insomnia. There are six known animal prion diseases, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or more commonly known as “Mad Cow Disease.”

Like all prion diseases, Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI) is caused by a change or mutation of the PRNP gene, which allows it to clump together in the thalamus region of the brain, eventually destroying the cells there. The thalamus region controls sensory and motor skills, as well as regulation of consciousness and sleep. The mutated PRNP gene “eats” holes in the brain, giving it a “sponge-like” appearance. This can lead to the inability to sleep (progressively getting worse overtime) and when sleep is achieved, very vivid dreams. It has been observed from EEG readings taken while the victim is awake show signs associated with REM sleep. Essentially, they are so sleep deprived, they enter a dream-like state when awake.

Other symptoms associated with FFI include lack of controlled movement or coordination, as well as personality changes. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, it is fatal within months or could persist (and get worse) for a few years. The normal life span once diagnosed is 12 to 18 months, but it always leads to death.

Oddly, the first signs and symptoms of FFI don’t tend to develop until our 40s and 50s. While no one knows for sure why the gene sits dormant and does not mutate until then, doctors have theorized that perhaps it is spurred on or activated by the vulnerability of the brain during middle age.

While no one knew it at the time, the first recorded case of Fatal Familial Insomnia (though, possibly not the actual first case of it) this rare genetic disorder.

Another interesting story is the one of Vietnam man Thai Ngoc. In 2004, he claimed that he hadn’t slept for 31 years (since 1973) after being stricken with a bad fever. Despite over 11,000 sleepless nights, he claimed that he suffered very little ill physical or mental effects. Some have claimed that Ngoc is proof that Fatal Familial Insomnia isn’t always fatal. Others, primarily doctors and experts, have claimed that Ngoc is actually sleeping, he just doesn’t know it. Some insomniacs can’t tell the difference between sleeping and being awake and engage in very brief “micro-naps” throughout the day.

Relationship with coffee also are related to insomnia because your day might be drowsiness when too long stay at night.

coffee = cafeine
coffee = cafeine

You feel more comfortable when it’s around. There’s just something about walking around with a mug full of coffee that just puts you at ease. You can talk with people without having to worry about what you’re doing with your hands; it’s great! It’s the first thing you think about every morning. The only thing that convinces you to get out of bed is the beautiful coffee aroma that wafts into your room every morning. You would take that smell over sweet nothings whispered in your ear any day of the week. You can’t imagine a future without it. It’s always been there for you; it will always be there for you. Your life will always include coffee. Always !

Help yourself beat up insomnia by listening to music …


Copyright 2015 by & YouTube

‘Hello Kitty’ criticism and Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne’s new music video for “Hello Kitty,” which features the singer parading around Tokyo with a group of four expressionless Asian women, has taken its share of rightful criticism since first popping up online. On Wednesday night, the pop singer strode forward to laugh off claims that the bizarre clip was meant to ostracize her Japanese fan base.

“RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!!” Lavigne posted on Facebook and Twitter “I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan.”

“Hello Kitty” is the fourth music video to be released from Avril Lavigne’s self-titled fifth studio album, but the clip has garnered by far the most Internet buzz. Billboard’s Jason Lipshutz did not charge Lavigne with racism while recapping the music video, but instead detailed the video’s laziness, including the generic dance moves, clumsy guitar-playing and cringeworthy lip-synching.

On the otherside before that, Alice (Underground)” written by Avril Lavigne and produced by Butch Walker. ALMOST ALICE boasts an eclectic array of recording artists with original songs based on some of the most charismatic characters in literary history, the soundtrack song from Disney’s film “Alice in Wonderland”.

LATEST: Avril Lavigne has a released a teaser for new music video “Give You What You Like.”

“Give You What You Like” is from Lavigne’s fifth studio album, Avril Lavigne. The record debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in 2013, and includes the singles “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” “Let Me Go” and “Hello Kitty.”

Lavigne revealed in December she is struggling with undisclosed health issues. The singer dismissed rehab rumors weeks later on Twitter, but declined to elaborate on her medical condition.

Copyright 2015 by UPI Entertainment, E! and AvrilMusicChart News!

Not Every Person With Depression Looks Depressed

sadness and depressed
sadness and depressed

It’s strange when I tell friends that I have depression (not that I used to make it a point to tell too many people) because I’ve seen multiple reactions. At this point, I’m recovered enough that most people are surprised. But in the past, I’ve seen people mentally back away slowly, as though they’ll catch it. I’ve seen people light up because they know someone else who has it! Or because they’re open-minded enough to know that we all have issues and it doesn’t really faze them. Those are the people I’m the most grateful for.

I have never told someone I had chronic depression and been asked out on a date immediately afterwards. I did date a few people when I was at my worst and to this day I cringe at the thought of certain things I said or did both in an attempt to hide and because I didn’t have good outlets.

I said above that I’m recovered. This is because, through therapy, getting to know myself, and working on that, I am able to have a better grip on my feelings.

not the end of the world
not the end of the world

There is beauty in the breakdown because once you’ve broken down, you can rebuild. If you hit rock bottom, your only choice is to make it better and work your way up again. People might say “Why hit rock bottom in the first place?” Truthfully, it’s not always as easy to avoid as one may think, and it’s not always as scary, either. That’s why things like interventions/etc exist. People don’t always know when they’re at their worst (I certainly didn’t at times).

Sadness is not beautiful. Depression is not beautiful. But there is something beautiful about working on your problems. On yourself. Don’t wait for the someone to do it for you. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you, its okay when you’re constantly miserable. You can be happy. You deserve to be happy.  And I know you can get there.

Copyright 2014 by Pamela Cori from Reader’s Digest

Manchester United were far too big a club for David Moyes

Manchester United legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson; has broken his silence on David Moyes’s troubled tenure at Manchester United, saying the former Everton manager underestimated the size of the job, dismissing the theory that he was also partly responsible for the club’s decline.

SAF: My Autobiography
SAF: My Autobiography

In an updated version of his book, My Autobiography, Ferguson has pointed the finger squarely at Moyes for the club’s struggles last season and rubbished suggestions that he was influential in the appointment of his successor. Moyes was sacked in April just 10 months after he had been branded ‘The Chosen One’ but Ferguson has hit back at accusations that he left behind an ageing squad and an “antiquated” club when he finally retired after 26 years in charge.

The book, released on Thursday, is Ferguson’s first in-depth account of the Moyes regime and he is adamant that his fellow Scot simply found the step up from Goodison Park to Old Trafford too big. He writes: “He hadn’t realised just how big United is as a club.” Sir Alex Ferguson also criticises the slower playing style that had been introduced, adding it went against the club’s traditions, and that he witnessed first hand Moyes’s self-belief crumbling with each poor result.

United were humbled by defeats against a string of smaller clubs under David Moyes
United were humbled by defeats against a string of smaller clubs under David Moyes

“As the results deteriorated, each defeat was a hammer blow to him,” he adds. “I could see that in his demeanour. In January we bought Juan Mata and that gave everyone a lift but I could see the walls squeezing in, leaving David with less and less room to breathe. “I know that feeling from 1989, when we went through a terrible spell. You feel you are being crushed. The results gnawed away at David. Nobody could dispute how disappointing the season was. And it cost a man his job.”

Particularly disappointing for Sir Alex Ferguson was witnessing United’s arch-rivals Liverpool claim the upper hand in the title stakes. While Brendan Rodgers’s men challenged for the trophy, United failed to even qualify for Europe.

“It’s hard to watch that kind of outcome when Liverpool are the ones dishing out the pain. It was a rough season for a United fan and it was tough for me because I knew there were plenty of good players in our squad. They weren’t showing their form – and that seemed to place a huge weight on David’s shoulders.”

Moyes was eventually sacked after an insipid defeat at Everton, which confirmed their absence from this season’s Champions League. Ferguson says he was not consulted over the eventual sacking of Moyes, claiming that he was out of the loop when it came to the final decision to dismiss him and then appoint the “formidable” Louis van Gaal. “I was in Aberdeen as the events unfolded. On the Monday, I was flying back to Manchester and sitting next to me was a lad with a newspaper that ran: ‘David Moyes to be sacked’. I was unsure what was happening at that exact moment.”

Wrong One - Moyes out' banner, which was flown over the Old Trafford ground
Wrong One – Moyes out’ banner, which was flown over the Old Trafford ground

Regarding a rumoured hotel meeting he said: “I would like to know which hotel, because I wasn’t there. Nor were Bobby Charlton, David Gill or Mike Edelson.”

Sir Alex Ferguson also attempts to put to bed what he considers one of the major misconceptions of Moyes’s reign – that he was solely responsible for the appointment. Ferguson writes that the Moyes role was a “Glazer-led one” and that “We did everything the right way: quietly, thoroughly, professionally”.

Sir Alex Ferguson played a big role in choosing Moyes as his successor
Sir Alex Ferguson played a big role in choosing Moyes as his successor

He wrote: “A clear process was followed. Surely people don’t really believe the Glazer family would allow the new manager to be chosen by one person. There appears to be an accepted view out there that was no process. Nonsense.”

United are thought to have worked off a shortlist of four or five names, including Jose Mourinho, who was already highly likely to return to Chelsea. Moyes, who was out of contract at Everton, was the most available of the top candidates.

Sir Alex Ferguson had recommended to David Moyes that he retained the services of Mike Phelan, the former assistant manager, but the new manager opted to recruit his own backroom staff. “I suggested he should keep Mick Phelan, who would have been a great help. Mick knew the club, could guide David and was loyal, 100 per cent United.

“As the new arrangement settled down, I retained a respectful distance. At the same time – was I meant to disappear? I was a director of the club I want to watch, and support, Manchester United, and David was never troubled by my presence at games.”

To summarize, Ferguson didn’t even give Moyes a choice in the matter. That’s how certain he was that only David Moyes could carry on his success. And with that in mind, here’s Alex Ferguson’s list of what was to blame for this situation not working out.

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: First and foremost, David Moyes “hadn’t realized just how big United is as a club,” Ferguson writes. The real question should probably be whether someone who had never won a trophy or managed a “big club” was prepared for such a jump. But, like Sir Alex, let’s skip that one.

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the selection process for his successor carried out properly, considering Moyes somehow didn’t realize how big Man United were? Of course, says Sir Alex. He writes: “There appears to be an accepted view out there that there was no process. Nonsense. We feel we did everything the right way: quietly, thoroughly, professionally.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the squad he left behind simply not good enough? No way, says Sir Alex. He writes: “It was a rough season for a United fan and it was tough for me because I knew there were plenty of good players in our squad. They weren’t showing their form – and that seemed to place a huge weight on David’s shoulders.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the system he had in place antiquated? Of course not, says Sir Alex. He writes:“Antiquated was a bizarre description of the structure I left behind at Manchester United. Have you seen our new training ground?” Sadly, books don’t have rimshots.

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Did he leave a team that was too old and destined to fall off? Preposterous, says Sir Alex. He writes: “Chelsea started the current season as favorites for the title, with a squad that also had six players in their 30s. I don’t hear any grumbles about the age of their group.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Did Moyes ruin everything by bringing in his own backroom staff instead of retaining the one Ferguson already had in place? You bet he did, says Sir Alex. He writes: “Maybe David felt that at such a massive club he had to be sure that all corners were covered in terms of his support system. I felt that network was already there, with plenty of great people already in important slots.”

But wait, didn’t we already establish that Moyes didn’t realize “just how big United is as a club”? If that was the case, why did he feel the need to have all corners covered at “such a massive club”? Surely Ferguson has an full and not at all contradictory explanation for why his ghost writer is 100 percent at fault for this discrepancy.

Anyway, there you have it. Blame for the problems that have befallen Manchester United in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s move from manager to club director fall solely on the unprepared guy who was given the job and not at all on the powerful man who decided to give it to him without even asking for his thoughts on the matter first. Autobiographical case closed.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal
Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal’s first three months at United have been equally difficult, with the club already 10 points behind Chelsea ahead of their clash with the league leaders on Sunday.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced the Dutchman will rebuild United’s shattered pride and help them recover from a difficult 12 months. “If I had to choose one word for him it would be ‘formidable’. His urge is to play attractive football. He likes to watch players play and players train and to be involved at all levels including in the development of young players.

Radamel Falcao has joined on a 1-year loan from AS Monaco with an option to buy
Radamel Falcao has joined on a 1-year loan from AS Monaco with an option to buy
Manchester United announced the signing of Angel Di Maria for £59.7m and break British transfer record fees
Manchester United announced the signing of Angel Di Maria for £59.7m and break British transfer record fees
Dutch sensation, Daley Blind
Dutch sensation, Daley Blind
Argentinian Defender, Marcos Rojo
Argentinian Defender, Marcos Rojo
Ander Herrera signed for Manchester United from Athletic Bilbao for £28.8m
Ander Herrera signed for Manchester United from Athletic Bilbao for £28.8m
Luke Shaw has completed his £31.5m move to Manchester United
Luke Shaw has completed his £31.5m move to Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson also amazed with Louis van Gaal big summer signings for Manchester United. “Louis knows what’s he’s looking up too.. He’s clean up the desk and create new of his own attractive philosophy in football. He’s has tremendous experience in football … He’s knows what his doing in the club now and Manchester United will do fine.”

“As the big decisions began to be made, I was delighted to see Ryan Giggs appointed assistant manager, which was a terrific decision by Louis. Louis could help Giggs learn about this business. In turn Ryan could help Louis in understanding the inner workings of Manchester United.”

Copyright 2014 by, DailyMail, The Guardian and YouTube

How Much Sleep Do We Really Need ?

Sleep needs vary across ages and are especially impacted by lifestyle and health. Thus, to determine how much sleep you need, it’s important to assess not only where you fall on the “sleep needs spectrum,” but also to examine what lifestyle factors are affecting the quality and quantity of your sleep such as work schedules and stress. To get the sleep you need, you must look at the big picture.

We human & need a sleep hours
We human & need a sleep hours
Human needs to rest on the night
Human needs to rest on the night

Though research cannot pinpoint an  exact amount of sleep need by people at different ages, the preceding table identifies the “rule-of-thumb” amounts most experts have agreed upon. Nevertheless, it’s important to pay attention to your own individual needs by assessing how you feel on different amounts of sleep. Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep? Or does it take you nine hours of quality ZZZs to get you into high gear? Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease? Are you experiencing sleep problems? Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day? Do you feel sleepy when driving? These are questions that must be asked before you can find the number that works for you.

What the Research Says About Sleep Duration: There Is No “Magic Number”

Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. Just like any other characteristics you are born with, the amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone who is of the same age and gender. While you may be at your absolute best sleeping seven hours a night, someone else may clearly need nine hours to have a happy, productive life. In fact, a study confirmed the fact that sleep needs vary across populations, and the study calls for further research to identify traits within genes that may provide a “map” to explain how sleep needs differ among individuals.

Another reason there is “no magic number” for your sleep results from two different factors that researchers are learning about: a person’sbasal sleep need – the amount of sleep our bodies need on a regular basis for optimal performance – and sleep debt , the accumulated sleep that is lost to poor sleep habits, sickness, awakenings due to environmental factors or other causes. Two studies suggest that healthy adults have a basal sleep need of seven to eight hours every night, but where things get complicated is the interaction between the basal need and sleep debt. For instance, you might meet your basal sleep need on any single night or a few nights in a row, but still have an unresolved sleep debt that may make you feel more sleepy and less alert at times, particularly in conjunction with circadian dips , those times in the 24-hour cycle when we are biologically programmed to be more sleepy and less alert, such as overnight hours and mid-afternoon.

Risk Of Disease for Sleeping Less or Much …

The health Researcher  sleeping less then 6 hour and much than 10 hours cause the risk of different diseases in the human body. Short sleeping and too much sleeping by the 7 hour standard cause the different diseases generate in the body like chronic disease, diabetes, anxiety and obesity-in from the old age is attack to victim in 45 years. During the test of the health searches diseases then participate the 54 thousand people of 45 years age they were six hours and more then 10 hours.

According to some report, the common sleep illnesses- including sleep apnoea and insomnia – create in the people frequently in the people with chronic diseases that to lost the ability to sleep soundly. So if you are walking up tired,during the sleep talking there is a problem of the low sleep and much depressed victim, if early discipline made of the time then it would improve your health and stamina.

Copyright 2014 by, & YouTube

What all men’s want in fashion

Fashion is something about you way of life
Fashion is something about your way of life

Whats exactly all men’s want in fashion and equivalent to their needs. Men’s style inspiration is no exception. Whether you’re a dude who’s looking for some advice, a gal who loves to borrow from the boys, or well, anyone who loves a pet that wears human clothing. With a mix of styles from classic to eccentric and to truly unexpected.

Building a smart wardrobe is one of the most important investments a man can make. The compound benefits over time are truly immeasurable. Like any smart investment, it should involve research, planning, and efficient execution. This is your hero. Your workhorse. Your go-to. Your three days a week, but nobody really notices.

men's wardrobe
men’s wardrobe
leather jacket = powerful skin for men's
leather jacket = powerful skin for men’s
time and future
time and future

When staring longingly at a luxury watch in a display counter, many gentlemen find themselves torn between the financial cost of the timepiece and the potential benefits of owning it. But what, exactly, are those benefits, and why do so many men make the plunge and invest their hard-earned money in a brand name watch? From social cues to investment advice, let’s take a no-nonsense look. 

The most important thing to remember when building a wardrobe is keeping synergy between all the pieces! This is your wild card. Your secret weapon. Your Ace on the river.

hair stylist
hair stylist

Nobody expects you but when you do, they’ll never forget it. It also opens-up plenty of opportunities for different style and combinations. That’s how much of an impact I think it can have on your wardrobe. Once you have these ten foundational suits in your rotation, you can start to get a little more creative and experience the true joys.

Getting dressed, like many things in life, would probably be easier with an instruction manual. There are more than a few men in our lives who often ask for some simple guidelines they can follow to get their wardrobes on track.

Luckily, men seeking fashion advice have plenty of awesome resources. The result is pretty awesome and worth forwarding to all the dudes in your life. There are a couple of particular trends that I’m excited about focusing on..

Copyright 2014 by y a n s,, MadMen,, huffington post & YouTube

Music + human expression

“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche


1. Happy/sad music affects how we see neutral faces:

We can usually pick if a piece of music is particularly happy or sad, but this isn’t just a subjective idea that comes from how it makes us feel. In fact, our brains actually respond differently to happy and sad music.

Even short pieces of happy or sad music can affect us. One study showed thatafter hearing a short piece of music, participants were more likely to interpret a neutral expression as happy or sad, to match the tone of the music they heard. This also happened with other facial expressions, but was most notable for those that were close to neutral.

Something else that’s really interesting about how our emotions are affected by music is that there are two kind of emotions related to music: perceivedemotions and felt emotions.

This means that sometimes we can understand the emotions of a piece of music without actually feeling them, which explains why some of us find listening to sad music enjoyable, rather than depressing.

Unlike in real life situations, we don’t feel any real threat or danger when listening to music, so we can perceive the related emotions without truly feeling them—almost like vicarious emotions.

music can make our life wonderful and meaning stories
music can make our life wonderful and meaning stories

2. Ambient noise can improve creativity

We all like to pump up the tunes when we’re powering through our to-do lists, right? But when it comes to creative work, loud music may not be the best option.

It turns out that a moderate noise level is the sweet spot for creativity. Even more than low noise levels, ambient noise apparently gets our creative juices flowing, and doesn’t put us off the way high levels of noise do.

The way this works is that moderate noise levels increase processing difficulty which promotes abstract processing, leading to higher creativity. In other words, when we struggle (just enough) to process things as we normally would, we resort to more creative approaches.

In high noise levels, however, our creative thinking is impaired because we’re overwhelmed and struggle to process information efficiently.

This is very similar to how temperature and lighting can affect our productivity, where paradoxically a slightly more crowded place can be beneficial.

3. Our music choices can predict our personality

Take this one with a grain of salt, because it’s only been tested on young adults (that I know of), but it’s still really interesting.

In a study of couples who spent time getting to know each other, looking at each other’s top ten favorite songs actually provided fairly reliable predictions as to the listener’s personality traits.

The study used five personality traits for the test: openness to experience,extra version, agreeableness, conscientiousness and emotional stability.

Interestingly, some traits were more accurately predicted based on the person’s listening habits than others. For instance, openness to experience, extraversion and emotional stability were the easiest to guess correctly. Conscientiousness, on the other hand, wasn’t obvious based on musical taste.

To break it down, here is the connection they have found:

  • Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
  • Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
  • Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
  • Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing
  • Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle
  • Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing
  • Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
  • Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle
  • Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
  • Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing
  • Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
  • Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease
  • Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease

Of course, generalizing based on this study is very hard. However looking at the science of introverts and extroverts, there is some clear overlap.

4. Music can significantly distract us while driving (contrary to common belief)

Another study done on teenagers and young adults focused on how their driving is affected by music.

Drivers were tested while listening to their own choice of music, silence or “safe” music choices provided by the researchers. Of course, their own music was preferred, but it also proved to be more distracting: drivers made more mistakes and drove more aggressively when listening to their own choice of music.

Even more surprising: music provided by the researchers proved to be more beneficial than no music at all. It seems that unfamiliar, or uninteresting, music is best for safe driving.

 5. Music training can significantly improve our motor and reasoning skills

We generally assume that learning a musical instrument can be beneficial for kids, but it’s actually useful in more ways than we might expect. One study showed that children who had three years or more musical instrument training performed better than those who didn’t learn an instrument in auditory discrimination abilities and fine motor skills.

They also tested better on vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning skills, which involve understanding and analyzing visual information, such as identifying relationships, similarities and differences between shapes and patterns.

These two areas in particular are quite removed from musical training as we imagine it, so it’s fascinating to see how learning to play an instrument can help kids develop such a wide variety of important skills.

Similar research shows this correlation for exercise and motor skills in the same way, which is also fascinating.

 6. Classical music can improve visual attention

It’s not just kids that can benefit from musical training or exposure. Stroke patients in one small study showed improved visual attention while listening to classical music.

The study also tried white noise and silence to compare the results, and found that, like the driving study mentioned earlier, silence resulted in the worst scores.

Because this study was so small, the conclusions need to be explored further for validation, but I find it really interesting how music and noise can affect our other senses and abilities—in this case, vision.

human brain effect on music
human brain effect on music

 7. One-sided phone calls are more distracting than normal conversations

Another study focused on noise, rather than music, showed that when it comes to being distracted by the conversations of others, phone calls where we can only hear one side of the conversation are the worst offenders.

After a survey showed that up to 82% of people find overhearing cellphone conversations annoying, Veronica Galván, a cognitive psychologist at the University of San Diego, decided to study why these are such a pain.

In the study, participants completed word puzzles while one half of them overheard one side of a mundane phone conversation in the background. The other half of the volunteers heard the entire conversation as it took place between two people in the room.

Those who heard the one-sided phone conversation found it more distracting than those who heard both people speaking. They also remembered more of the conversation, showing that it had grabbed their attention more than those who heard both sides and didn’t remember as much of the discussion.

The unpredictability of a one-sided conversation seems to be the cause of it grabbing our attention more. Hearing both sides of a conversation, on the other hand, gives us more context which makes it easier to tune out the distraction.

Then again, as we’ve explored before, getting distracted is often not such a bad things for various reasons.

8. Music helps us exercise

Back to music again, and we can see that just like silence doesn’t help us to be more creative or better drivers, it’s not much use when we’re exercising, either.

Research on the effects of music during exercise has been done for years. In 1911, an American researcher, Leonard Ayres, found that cyclists pedaled fasterwhile listening to music than they did in silence.

This happens because listening to music can drown out our brain’s cries of fatigue. As our body realizes we’re tired and wants to stop exercising, it sends signals to the brain to stop for a break. Listening to music competes for our brain’s attention, and can help us to override those signals of fatigue, though this is mostly beneficial for low- and moderate-intensity exercise. During high-intensity exercise, music isn’t as powerful at pulling our brain’s attention away from the pain of the workout.

Not only can we push through the pain to exercise longer and harder when we listen to music, but it can actually help us to use our energy more efficiently. A2012 study showed that cyclists who listened to music required 7% less oxygen to do the same work as those who cycled in silence.

Some recent research has shown that there’s a ceiling effect on music at around 145 bpm, where anything higher doesn’t seem to add much motivation, so keep that in mind when choosing your workout playlist. Here is how this breaks down for different genres.

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