How music affects your mind. Science revealed
MUSIC is not what I do, It’s who I am.
Are you a music addict?
Do you Love songs?
Ever felt broken and heart crushed and certain playlist helped you to get over it?
Ever felt super excited and started dancing to certain track?
Ever felt super confident or grave depressed listen to a song?
If the answer is yes, trust me this article is for you and you’ve got to read this to the end.
We all love songs and we all love to sing no matter how bad we sing. Doesn’t matter if neighbors come home complaining about our singing. We still love to do it.
(It happened with me, last summer I was driven by a song so far that I started to sing it loud and within 8 minutes of my concert, my neighbors tuned up, serious with verbal chiding and warning for such inhuman acts)
In our life we all have faced many moments when we felt really low and depressed and didn’t wanted to talk to anyone and just kept listening to a song.
We all have a “Happy-song” in our playlists that always cheer us up.
Songs and music surround us. Every year many of us go to big music concerts. We love to do so.
Now the question is , WHY?
Why we love to go to concerts?
Why certain tracks cheer us up while different track depresses us?
What causes us to feel good while listening to our favorite song?
Here are the reasons to quench your curiosity
Psychological and Neurological effects of Music
According to a BBC news article on health,
Music releases a chemical in the brain that has a key role in setting good moods, a study has suggested.
The study, reported in Nature Neuroscience, found that the chemical was released at moments of peak enjoyment.
Researchers from McGill University in Montreal said it was the first time that the chemical – called dopamine – had been tested in response to music.
Dopamine increases in response to other stimuli such as food and money.
It is known to produce a feel-good state in response to certain tangible stimulants – from eating sweets to taking cocaine.
Dopamine is also associated with less tangible stimuli – such as being in love.
In this study, levels of dopamine were found to be up to 9% higher when volunteers were listening to music they enjoyed.
The report authors say it’s significant in proving that humans obtain pleasure from music – an abstract reward – that is comparable with the pleasure obtained from more basic biological stimuli.
How music affect our ability to perceive things?
It’s scientifically proven fact that music plays a detrimental role in how we perceive things and how we approach different situations in life
According to a study conducted, group of ten people was selected.
5 of them were made to listen sad songs and 5 of them were made to listen happy and energizing songs. Then they were shown some neutral faces which people who listened to sad songs recognized as sad faces and happy songs people recognized as happy faces.
The study proved that not only music influences our mind to perceive things but also to perceive them in accordance to the music we listened recently.
Music Increases our creativity and Concentration
Many of us have a habit to listen to songs while working on a project, school homework or working out.
The reason behind this is music, or more specifically ambient music increases our concentration levels by leaps and bounds
Frequency of musical notes activates the focus and concentration zones of our mind which leads to more concentration power. Moreover, it also releases chemicals and juices that are responsible for increasing creativity.
Music can also predict your personality
Yes, don’t be stunned, music indeed can predict your nature.
Here is a break-down of how the different genres correspond to our personality, according to a study conducted at Heriot-Watt University.
The study used five personality traits for the test: openness to experience, extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and emotional stability.
To break it down, here is the connection they have found:
Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing
Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle
Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing
Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle
Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing
Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease
Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease
Music and reasoning skills
Music also enhances our motor and reasoning skills. Classical music are proven to increase our visual attention.
One study showed that children who had three years or more musical instrument training performed better than those who didn’t learn an instrument in auditory discrimination abilities and fine motor skills. They also tested better on vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning skills, which involve understanding and analyzing visual information, such as identifying relationships, similarities and differences between shapes and patterns.
Music helps us exercise
Music can be a powerful force. In fact, it is sometimes banned (along with steroids and stimulant drugs) to prevent athletes from gaining an unfair advantage during competitions. Why? Because of its capacity to energize and increase endurance
One of music’s energizing effects comes from its ability to engage the body’s sympathetic nervous system. The activation of this system readies the body for action whenever we face a challenge in our environment.
Airways open, the heart rate accelerates, and muscles are primed to move. Auditory signals – abrupt sounds or those that suddenly increase in frequency or volume – trigger alerting responses and increase physiological arousal.
Music is comprised of these and other patterns of sounds that have been shown to affect levels of physical excitability. A simple increase in the pace of the music we listen to, for example, can quicken our pulse and accelerate our breathing. And this can be great for physical exercise or a boring task that might otherwise lull you to sleep.
Music, a cure for insomnia
Music is one of the biggest cures for people who suffer from insomnia. White noises are proven to create a sleeping effect. Some of the white noises are designed to produce sleep effect while some are designed and tailored to increase concentration in studies. It has dual benefits for insomniacs s not only it help them to sleep but also reduces sleeping pills intake which are very injurious to health in a long run.
So music not only makes us happy but also increases our productivity to a large extent. It helps us to overcome barriers of life and perceive things in a positive manner.
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