I bet you that most people listen to music. Some all day long (like me) or with breaks in between. It doesn’t matter, you still listen to music. So, I bet you’re quite curious about what music does to your brain. We all know a thing or two, but I wonder if you know more than that. If not, I say we get this post started!
- Advertisers use music to make us buy stuff
Advertisers on both television and radio love using music in their commercials. And, of course, there are lots of brands/companies that have their own recognisable tune. Now, that last part is what makes us invested in buying a product from that company/brand. The association of music with the identity of a certain product may aid product recall. Plus, there’s the fact that music tends to stay in our minds, even when we don’t want to.
2. Music can get you ‘high’
Say you want to get a release of dopamine and oxytocin in your brain, you should turn on a song you love. The reward part of the brain lights up when you hear music. Your brain is trying to figure out what will happen next without you realising it. Your brain will then reward itself with good-feeling ‘chemicals’ like dopamine and oxytocin.
3. Music has healing possibilities
Licensed professionals help people with brain damage, heart problems or other physical issues with the power of music, which is called music therapy. It’s especially useful for those who have trouble speaking or comprehending language. How this works? Therapists use some sort of singing style with a certain rhythm to try and restore the cadence of speech. The left side of the brain processes language, whereas the right side processes music.
4. Music improves the memory
The alphabet? You learned that by singing a song, didn’t you? And as for US citizens, you probably learned every state in the US by singing a song, right? Remember the earlier mentioned part of the brain that processes music? It’s the same part that creates and stores memories. So, when you hear a familiar song, it’s attached to a memory. And that’s related to the earlier mentioned dopamine release we get when we hear a song we like. And there you have it: a positive connection between a song and a memory.
5. Music relieves stress
Listening to music will help us be less stressed. It reduces the release and production of cortisol, which is called the stress hormone. Less cortisol means better learning capability, a better memory, lower blood pressure, a lower heart rate, lower cholesterol and a less likely chance of developing a heart disease.
What does music mean to you? Does it make you happy, or do you rarely listen to any music?
Love, Deem ❤
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