Music is an inspiration for many people, a way of living or a support in diverse situations. What we don't know about music? How does it influence us and where is its magic?
Our brain understands things that we can’t sense otherwise. We remember things, we spot details, which we don't really plan to, and somehow we collect all these in our mind.
Studies have traced out how our brain reacts to music. These facts will give you some examples of how difficult music is and how our brain understands it. Or maybe, there is some divine connection between people and music...
1. When we listen to a nice song, the bristling is because of the dopamine released in our brain.
When the brain releases dopamine, this is connected with motivation, positive emotions and the big desire of doing something, of action. Also, the dopamine is the hormone responsible for conceiving a passion for different things. Music has always been an important part of people's life. The reason is that the good music has effects on a deep emotional level: it helps to sort out our personal doubts, physical traumas and to find ourselves. Music is a healer. We can’t really disagree with this argument.
2. The activities that actively engage our brain are not that many. Music is one of them.
A scientific paper researched what happens in our heads while we listening to music.
The research found out that music interferes with deep levels of the brain, that hadn't been engaged with anything else before. Scientists think that music can activate the emotional, motor and creativity sectors of the brain.
3. As food feeds the body, music feeds the brain.
As we said before, the dopamine had is being released by the brain. The dopamine is responsible for euphoria feeling. In turn, this is connected to every addiction, having sex, even eating. Dopamine gives us the pleasant feeling of all the different positive activities. The music does so, as well – it makes us tremble, shudder, cry of happiness or of sadness, and dance till the early hours… Therefore, our brain needs music, as the body needs food. It is paramount for survival. And for positive existence.
4. If you are listening to music while you are exercising, you will improve your performance.
If you listen to music when you do your daily exercises or while you are sweating in the gym, you will get improved results faster and your trainings would be more efficient.
When we are listening to music, our consciousness doesn't feel pain, tiredness or discomfort during the training process. With the help of music, our feeling of too much effort is significantly reduced. If you try listening to music, while you are exercising (not very difficult, though!), you won't understand when your training has finished! As a bonus, you will end in a very positive mood.
5. Emotional engagement
We choose our favourite songs based on context.
Even though we change our current preferences of music and are interested in different newest hits, it is certain that our long-lasting preferences are based on our emotional engagement. It is affected by a certain song.
6. Our heartbeat adapts to the rhythm of the music we’re listening to.
Have you ever listened to your favourite song on the radio and felt the tremble all over your body? Or in a certain situation when you are much stressed, you suddenly hear the rhythm of the song, that will fix your problems? What do you feel? Your pulse speeds up, you feel the shivers everywhere... Yes, all this can be explained. It is proved that music can change your heartbeat rhythm, blood pressure or breathing pattern. A scientific research conducted among more than 24 people has proved that our cardiovascular system ‘feels’ the sound and interprets it in its own way as this affects our physical indicators.
7. Listening to a sad or a happy song can influence your perception of the world.
Our brain always compares the information that comes through our eyes with what we already know about the world around. As a result of this never stopping process, the idea of our ‘reality’ forms in our brain. Hence, the happy songs, which boost our mood and make us see the world differently, can change our perception of the world as if we put on a pair of pink glasses.
8. An ‘earworm’ is a song that you can’t seem to get out of your head.
An earworm is a cognitive itch in your brain. It shows up in order to fill the blank spaces of the song's rhythm. In other words, the brain continues to "sing" even when the song has finished.
9. Music is prescribed for patients with Parkinson’s disease and stroke survivors.
Music therapy has been known for centuries. Music triggers networks of neurons into an organized movement and reaction. This part of the brain, which is responsible for gesture processing, is also connected to speech. For this reason, music is a good therapy for people, who have problems with fine movements and speech.
10. Learning to play a musical instrument can improve motor and reasoning skills.
A study has proven that those kids, who had played a musical instrument for more than 3 years, have better motor skills in teenage years. Besides that, the research has also proven that music influences vocabulary and reasoning skills.
In other words, music is the universal healer for almost everything: emotional breakdowns, physical problems, loneliness, adapting to a new place and so on. If we listen to a good song every day, our day will be much more successful and remarkable. That’s for sure!