The use of flammable instruments such as flutes and drums has been a popular pastime in some countries, but a new study suggests some of the popular songs used by musicians are more likely to be made by people with a burning desire to do something more dangerous than burn themselves.
The study of nearly 2,000 songwriters found that a high-pitched sound such as a flute or drum beat can be used as a warning signal to get people to take action, and it can also be used to get them to sing about a dangerous activity.
The results were published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The authors of the study said that the flute and drum music were a favorite in the study because they are a great way to get a message across.
The research is just one part of a larger effort to explore the psychology behind popular music.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.