Heavy metal music can help calm people when they are angry, says an Australian research.
Researchers at University of Queensland's School of Psychology found that people listening to loud heavy metal music became inspired and calmed.
"We found the music regulated sadness and enhanced positive emotions. When experiencing anger, extreme music fans liked to listen to music that could match their anger. The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired.," said Leah Sharman.
The study involved 39 fans of heavy metal in the age group of 18 to 34 years.
The study participants underwent anger induction, in which they were asked to recall events in their lives that made them feel angry like relationships, finance and employment.
The participants spent 10 minutes listening to songs of their choice or 10 minutes of silence, and were then asked about their level of hostility, irritability and stress.
"Results showed levels of hostility, irritability and stress decreased after music was introduced, and the most significant change reported was the level of inspiration they felt," said Sharman.
According to the participants response, the study suggests that extreme music listeners appear to use their choice of music for positive self-regulatory purposes.
The study is published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.