This Music Will Make You Feel Invincible

August 11, 2014 12:34 PM

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As its recent reincarnation on Broadway reminded us, you can’t separate Rocky from its music. It’s easy to believe the lovable underdog boxer could be a champion, so long as that rousing, brass-heavy score is roaring as insistently in his head as it is in ours.

But stirring sounds aren’t simply a way of generating excitement or enthusiasm. A new study finds certain types of music -- especially tunes with a heavy bass beat -- can make one feel more powerful. This sense of confidence and ability, the researchers add, can subsequently shape the way we think a...

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