psychology research Study Finds Surprising Benefit To Listening To Sad Music By Kerry Sheridan • May 1, 2019 Kerry Sheridan / WUSF Public Media Listen Listening... / 4:06 Researchers at the University of South Florida found that sad music doesn't necessarily make depressed people feel sad. In fact, it may have a surprising benefit. Sad songs. Why do we love them so much? And might they be bad for us? Especially for people with clinical depression? Psychology researchers at the University of South Florida studied this question, and uncovered some surprising results.