Music and Your Brain
Many people, every day, turn to music for its ability to calm, motivate, and focus. There is a song or genre for every mood, and that's for a good reason. Beyond the noticeable effects we feel when we slip our headphones on, science has proven that while you are jamming, your brain is working. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain and improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. Here we explore how music affects our brain and some of the benefits to our physical and psychological health.
How Does Music Affect Your Brain?
As music sounds move through our ears as vibrations, the inner ear translates these vibrations into electrical signals. Then neurons transmit these signals to some regions in the brain. Dedicated areas of the brain detect the different elements of the signs (like the tone, pitch, rhythm). As the brain puts together all of this information so that you can sense the musical experience, it can influence our emotions and bodily systems, which is why scientists are so interested in studying it!
One of these bodily influences we are focusing on is stress and anxiety. Stress has a biological impact that causes your body to release specific chemicals that activate your brain. When we are highly stressed, our heart rate and blood pressure can go up, and our adrenal gland begins producing cortisol, also known as "the stress hormone." A recent 2021 study showed that adults who listened to both personal and neutral music selections, at home and in a laboratory environment had significantly "reduced cortisol levels."
How Does Music Benefit Your Mental Health?
Music can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic about life. A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the day's stress. An overview of 349 studies on music's usefulness as a mental health treatment for conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression found that 68.5% of music-based interventions were positive.
Music can make you feel more hopeful, powerful, and in control of your life by increasing endorphins. Listening to music also increases the neurotransmitter dopamine, the brain's "motivation molecule" and an integral part of the pleasure-reward system.
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