AC/DC is one of the most popular and influential rock bands of all time. Their music is known for its driving beat, catchy melodies, and simple lyrics. But what many people don't know is that AC/DC's music may have some surprising benefits for the human brain and body.
A recent episode from the AC/DC Beyond The Thunder podcast explored the potential benefits of AC/DC's music. The special “Back To School” edition unarchives a sit down with the distinguished Dr. Mark Jude Tramos, MD PhD, former Director of the Institute for Music & Brain Science, Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Mass General Hospital. Dr. Tramos, a luminary renowned for his pioneering research and exceptional patient care, and rated as Best Doctors in America for seven consecutive years for his work at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, offers a riveting perspective on the intersection of AC/DC's music and the human brain.
Tramos argued that AC/DC's music is able to release endorphins (hormones that are released in the brain during physical activity and other pleasurable experiences) and dopamine (a neurotransmitter that is associated with feelings of pleasure and reward) in the brain, which can lead to feelings of happiness and well-being.
He also cited studies that suggest AC/DC's music can improve heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle activity. This can lead to improved athletic performance in activities that require strength, power, and endurance. The study also shows that those surgeons who listen to AC/DC's music make fewer mistakes during surgery. This is likely due to the fact that the music helps to keep the surgeons' minds focused and alert, therefore boosting surgical precision. The band's music has also helped to reduce anxiety and pain in cancer patients, improving the effectiveness of cancer treatments.
In addition to the scientific evidence, there is also some anecdotal evidence to suggest that AC/DC's music can have a positive impact. For example, Hall of Fame pitcher Trevor Hoffman used "Hells Bells" to psych himself up before games. And General Manuel Noriega was forced to endure AC/DC's music as psychological warfare.
Of course, more research is needed to confirm these findings. However, the available evidence suggests that AC/DC's music may have some beneficial effects on the brain and body. So if you're looking for a way to boost your mood, improve your athletic performance, or cope with cancer treatment, putting on some AC/DC might just do the trick.