Why do people like sad music? Listen to 6 Minute English

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A recent study has shown that sad music has become increasingly popular, but why do people choose to listen to it, and what goes on in the brain and the body when they do so? Sam and Neil talk about music and biology and teach you some vocabulary.

This week's question:
The music video has been around for a while, but in what year was MTV, the first dedicated music video channel, launched in the US?
a) 1981
b) 1982
c) 1983

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary:

can’t stand
have a strong dislike of

hormone
a natural chemical produced in the body

lactation
the process in mammals of producing milk

comforting
calming and soothing, making you feel better emotionally

what’s going on
what’s happening

an excess of
too much or a more than normal amount of something

You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191107

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