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Japanese Turning To "Therapeutic Ringtones" 75

indiavision writes "A host of young Japanese are drawn to the allure of 'therapeutic ringtones' — a genre of melodies that promises to ease a range of day-to-day gripes, from chronic insomnia to a rotten hangover. Developed by Matsumi Suzuki, the head of the Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory, an eight-year-old subsidiary of the Japan Acoustic Laboratory, the tones are a hit with housewives as well as teenagers."


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Japanese Turning To "Therapeutic Ringtones"

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 16, 2010 @06:00PM (#31502056)

    If the GP considers "morals" as being an indefinite substance rather than a countable quantity, "less" is correct.

  • Re:Theraputic? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Tuesday March 16, 2010 @06:30PM (#31502392)
    Scientists have proven that placebos work just as well as the leading anti-depressants for patients with mild or moderate depression! Placebos are cheap, versatile, and have soooooooo many uses! They are the new wonder drug!
  • why so cooky? (Score:4, Informative)

    by POds ( 241854 ) on Tuesday March 16, 2010 @06:43PM (#31502526) Homepage Journal

    This does sound so cooky. I haven't read the article.. perhaps i should. But music can sometimes make me feel good. Certain music definitely feels be better in certain situations. I wont believe music will be able to cure physical ailments, but i see no reason why certain tones could help relieve stress.

    Sounds can definitely have the opposite effect. I'm sure kids screaming on the public transport raises my bloody pressure and i know my alarm in the morning makes my heart beat much faster. Many other sounds can also bring about stress, such as the sound of my ex girl friends voice :/.

    So couldn't sounds have a calming effect on the mind? The brain is also the centre of the body that controls a magnitude of chemicals that simulate other parts of the body. I think its very likely that sounds or music could interfere with this, just as they can in a negative way.

    No it's probably not the sounds frequency but our interpretation of it and what feels good to one person may feel bad to another depending on their history. But i would guess that there are certain sounds that make everyone feel good this has it's roots in evolutionary theory.

  • Re:So... (Score:5, Informative)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Tuesday March 16, 2010 @07:05PM (#31502746) Journal
    Man, I thought that "Sony" meant "Coasting on the reputation you once deserved".

    No wonder they say that Japanese is tricky...

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