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A new app creates playlists that targets emotions

Global Goals & Global Society
A new app plays playlists that edit emotions

With the help of scientists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the company has succeeded in developing an app that can use playlists to specifically change users' moods. The app was developed according to scientific criteria and is called the "Emotion Equalization App."

"Since music is the universal language of humanity, it can have a great impact on a person's physical and emotional state," scientist Man Hei Law explained.

Beforehand, users fill out three questionnaires to determine their emotional status. Via pictures, which the users select, the current and also longer-term mood as well as the energy level can be measured. In addition, there is a therapeutic use of the app, where a more detailed questionnaire is completed to assess mental state. Specially matched playlists can be comforting, relaxing or uplifting.

"In our experiments, we found that relaxing and uplifting methods can significantly move listeners from negative to more positive emotional states," Man Hei Law said.

Music can also help with pain management, according to the researchers, which is why the app was developed as a first aid way to balance emotions. Users are said to feel more balanced after using the app. The app is still in the testing phase, but Law says it will be available in the Google and Apple stores after a few more studies.

Music can calm, relax and even relieve pain. That is why it is used in many therapies: for example, for Alzheimer's, depression or autism, but also in the treatment of babies born prematurely. That's why it's important that an app now also uses this form of therapy and wants to integrate it into everyday life for civil society.


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