When a person is continuously and quickly shown a subliminal message hidden behind a picture, even after the image is gone, our subconscious maintains an after image of the message and subconscious then acts in a similar way as the subliminal message in the picture suggests. Some also believes that subliminal messages in pictures can also have a positive effect for example it can also help to achieve a goal i.e. if you repeatedly look at a at your goal hidden as a subliminal message in a visual your subconscious will let go of self-beliefs and replace it with your goal.
These days subliminal messages are very much popular in music industry. Subliminal messages in music have been given a name of ‘Backward Messages’ or more commonly ‘Backward Masking’. It is very easy to record backward messages on existing sounds or subliminal messages in music with the help of the computer on simply a click of mouse. An interesting thing about subliminal messages in music is that they can easily be disguised with other natural or unnatural form of sounds such as blowing wind, traffic noise, rain falling or even water crashing. Since subliminal messages in music have been discovered many controversial examples can be found.
Subliminal messages are commonly used in pictures. Subliminal messages hidden in pictures are part normally used as part of advertising campaigns with sellers believing that subliminal messages hidden in pictures with increase their product sell.The popcorn sale during a movie in a theater is probably the most well known of all of the subliminal messages that have been hidden in pictures. In 1950, a market researcher named James Vicary used subliminal messages in pictures by flashing images ‘eat popcorn’ and ‘drink coke’ quickly on the screen. He claimed that the percentage sale of popcorn was increased by about 17% and that Coke sales went up by 63%.
Subliminal message in music are mostly popular amongst rock and electronic bands. There are many thousands of albums containing subliminal messages. Some bands do this through hidden means while some of them do it openly. Pitcher Shifter, known for incorporating technology in their music, has been openly making use of subliminal messages in their music for years. In their album Infotainment released in 1996 they included two tracks and went as far as to include a warning message at the start of its first track that a subliminal message is about to be played.
On the other hand, the band Judas Priest was taken to court for using subliminal messages in their songs which believed to have urged the listeners to commit suicide. The case was discharged and they were never proven to have used these techniques.Josie and the pussycats, a movie released in year 2001, It focuses on the concept of subliminal messages in music and effects on teen minds when constantly listened to subliminal music but also assures viewer that the spell can be broken and one can return to a normal life. Subliminal messages in videos have been proven to affect sales of condiments at the movie theatres, and in 2006 Derren Brown, and English illusionist, did an experiment which showed how subliminal messages could cause such dramatic effects as to cause 65% of people who had watched a movie to have completely forgotten the plot.
Subliminal messages in music do not necessarily need to be all bad. If one was to listen to a subliminal message in music designed to help them lose weight, studies indicate that they would, more than likely, be able to lose weight dramatically. Utilizing subliminal messages in music has not been studied long enough to determine their effectiveness, but should they prove to be effective, they can shave years off of your own personal change, whether you want more confidence, to lose weight, or to quit smoking.