Music’s Affect On Our Brains

Music's Affect On Our Brains

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Did you know there is a whole field of study for music in psychology? The way music affects our mentality is studied by psychologists and is called neuromusicology. Psychologists work to find out what exactly music does to our brains and how we process it every time we listen to music. What our brain does every time music plays doesn’t seem so complicated at first, but here I’ll tell you just how much music does to us mentally.

One way psychologists study how our brains react to music is by looking at brains of those who play music all the time: musicians. Musicians know the ins and outs of music from the instruments to the very lyrics, so they’re an easy target to study. With this new section of research, psychologists along with neuroscientists now have evidence that music, in fact, makes our brains “smarter, happier, healthier, and more productive” quoted from Studies have shown that musicians have better memory and are better at communicating. But if you are a big fan of music, it’s still likely that you listen to music for at least 32 hours a week. A lot of people in today’s society love to listen to music and even way back many generations, our ancestors also listened to music. You may know people that listen to music everywhere they go with anything they do and you may also realize that that’s exactly what you do too. In this case, you don’t have to be a musician to have these same effects on your brain too. Even if you think you’re not getting any smarter or your memory isn’t getting any better, there is evidence that psychologists have gathered to prove that. This isn’t the only thing your brain is benefiting from when you listen to music though. It’s proven that listening to music reduces stress and lifts up your mood. At times, it’s more noticeable than at other times, and that’s because it also depends on the music being listened to. Upbeat and happy music isn’t the only type to help your mentality because even if someone were to listen to sad music, it helps them get more connected to their emotions which proves to be cathartic (an emotional relief such as crying). Crying can be relieving because people tend to be numb after a traumatizing event and music is helpful for people going through something like this as they start to feel emotion again. It may be a little shocking that their brains are not only affected mentally but are also physically different than those that are not musicians or don’t listen to music so often. Scientists found out that those that surround themselves with music daily have physically slimmer brains than those that don’t listen or play music often.

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For these reasons, music actually has a major effect on our brains. Not many people know about how much of an impact music has on us in our daily lives and most of the time we don’t even realize it. Therefore, try listening to music more often! It helps you mentally in the ways I stated above and it also motivates you through your day so if you are ever having trouble keeping up with your day and you’re stressed, music is your best friend.