In the Philippines, the yuletide season starts every September 1st and the countdown to our favorite holiday begins. Every speaker in every mall in the country plays Christmas songs from the likes of Mariah Carey and Jose Mari Chan–telling us what we want for Christmas and making us feel that it is truly in our hearts.
We’ve probably listened to too much Christmas songs and carols that we already know every lyrics and we even sing it in our sleep. But it turns out that listening to Christmas music might be detrimental to your brain health, according to a new study.
In an interview with Sky News, Clinical Psychologist Linda Blair explains that a person’s focus becomes limited every time he or she actively chooses to tune out the Yuletide tunes. The brain exerts most of its energy trying to ignore the music, which means only a small portion of it is left to process other things. And this strain of multitasking can negatively affect the brain’s health when done regularly.
So, what does this mean for Pinoy shoppers, who are constantly exposed to Christmas songs?
Well, we could only hope that the repeating tune of Jose Mari Chan’s “Christmas in Our Hearts” or the catchy melody of the Philippine classic “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit” doesn’t kill enough of our brain cells by the time Christmas day comes.
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