METALLICA Will Shred Your Blues, Columbia Professor Says

According to, a psychiatrist reveals in her new book, “Your Playlist Can Change Your Life: 10 Proven Ways Your Favorite Music Can Revolutionize Your Health, Memory, Organization, Alertness and More”, how listening to songs with a certain number of beats per minute can trigger specific mental states, such as productivity and relaxation.

“It’s [about] how music affects you — how it can improve your memory, how it can relieve anxiety, enhance your mood, how we can use playlists for specific tasks,” Galina Mindlin, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and supervising attending physician in the department of Psychiatry at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, said. “Using music with certain frequencies, you really can create the desired state of mind.”

Mindlin says music can help listeners accomplish tasks throughout the day. Listeners can put on one playlist to get revved up for a super-charged day at work, then use other playlists when they need to focus on a specific project, get the most out of their workout, or calm themselves before bed.

METALLICA, for example. can chase the blues away, she said.

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