How Does Music Affect your Brain

Tell me a time when music wasn’t a hero of the day! From giving life to a party to being an emotional pillar of support and comfort, I think we can all agree to the fact that we can’t part with it… in this lifetime atleast! When it comes to stuffing them earphones in, whether you are happy or sad, you listen to music that suits your mood. Have you ever thought how music affects your brain?

Evidence has shown us that music activates all regions of the brain! It has the potential to make you smarter, healthier and be more productive in all stages of life.

Brain scans of professional musicians have shown us that these talented people have a better connected and a more sensitive brain. Musicians have superior working, auditory skills and cognitive flexibility. Also, the areas of the brain responsible for auditory processing and spatial coordination are larger. They also have a bulkier corpus callosum (band of nerve fibers that connect the two hemispheres of the brain), which indicates that the two halves of the brain are better at communicating with each other.

On an average we spend 32 hours per week listening to music, this is enough time for music to affect our brains.

What Happens in your Brain ?

When these melodious vibrations enter your brain, pleasure centers are triggered which then release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy. This response is very quick and the brain can anticipate most pleasurable peaks in familiar music and can prepare itself for an early dopamine rush.

By boosting antibodies and cells that protect against bacteria and other invaders, music is also associated with improving your immunity system. More interesting is the fact that listening has also been effective across a variety of treatment scenarios for conditions ranging from premature birth, depression to Parkinson’s disease.


Does Type Of Music Matter?

Style of music does play a role, an example is, for learning purposes, experts recommend upbeat music including songs with positive lyrics, which can provide an energy boost and get your brain primed for learning. If you want to concentrate, let’s say read, write or study your material, instrumental music and soothing genres can help you stay calm and focused.

Whether you play an instrument, listen through an app or go to a live concert, music definitely influences the brain. Understanding how to fine-tune your music consumption gives maximum impact. It can affect the way you feel, think, study and more. So wear you head phones, play your favorite albums and feel your mood rise to happiness!

Edited by: Keerthana Suresh


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