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Ideal David Bowie Song For Health And Success On Youtube Today

August 25, 2009

A University of Hertfordshire academic has compiled the ideal David Bowie song, which according to psychological theory should lead to success in the charts and improved health for the singer.

Dr Nick Troop, Principal Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University, a musician and an avid David Bowie fan, analyzed the singer’s 26 albums and 266 songs for links between language used and success in the charts and then wrote what he considered to be the ideal song, which he has just released on YouTube (link below).

Although Dr Troop’s interest in Bowie started as a hobby, he was motivated by studies which he and others have carried out that prove that writing about trauma and life goals have long-term benefits to health. He used the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC), a program developed by James Pennebaker, a psychologist at the University of Texas, to investigate psychological constructs represented in text. It’s a quantitative analysis of psychological processes reflected in the words Bowie uses rather than a qualitative interpretation of the meaning of his songs.

“I looked at the link between the language used and how long Bowie’s albums had spent in the charts,” said Dr Troop. “I found that the songs with positive emotion and social processes were more successful than the songs that talked about mortality.”

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