By Troy Frisby, Buzz60
You may not give much thought to the music playing in the background at the mall or in the dentist's office.
But maybe you should, because a new study out of Israel's College of Management Academic Studies suggests listening to happy music — even passively — may boost our inclination to hurt one another.
And we're not just talking about using the last tissue and not replacing the box.
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For the study, volunteers were asked to forge documents or to tell a student they wouldn't be able to finish their college degree.
And when there was no music playing in the background, most of the participants refused.
However, when songs like James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and Mozart's "A Little Night Music" played, they were far more likely to comply.
Which is interesting, though I've always been more of a "Sonata for Two Pianos in D major" man myself.
The lead researcher, Dr. Naomi Ziv, pointed out the participants weren't even "actively listening."
She told the Daily Mail that music is often used in politics to "create enthusiasm and agreement" because singing or listening to music together "creates a feeling of group cohesion and agreement."
Ziv added that this technique could be used by "politicians or radical groups" to subtly share dangerous messages.
Is it just me, or is that also the exact plot of "Zoolander"?