Jump-up songs make us feel capable and powerful. Athletes know that intuitively — batters swagger out to raucous walk-up songs, stars like Serena Williams and Lebron James warm up with headphones on (except when, in James’s case, the headphones come off to blast Wu-Tang Clan in the locker room).
But what is it about a good pump-up song that makes us feel invincible? According to a new study, the answer is in the bass.
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