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Music and it's Effect on the Mind. Tapping Into the Power of Music for Positive Change
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The Science of Sound
I think it is safe to say that we have all experienced a change in mood when we listen to music. But what is the science behind music and it's effect on the mind? How can we use this to our advantage in life?
We all know that sad songs can make us cry, and a more upbeat tune can energize us, and make us feel euphoric. What is it about music that gives it so much control over our emotional state of being?
Scientists have found a connection between music, and the production of dopamine, which is a "feel good" chemical produced by the brain during activities such as eating, and having sex. To our minds, music is just as important as the things we do to ensure our survival. Our brain actually rewards us for listening to some types of music by making us feel good in the same way it does when we eat healthy food, or fall in love.
A connection has also been found between brain development and musical stimulation. Studies have concluded that music can stimulate, and exercise many key sections of the brain at once. People who regularly listen to certain types of music are better able to function in areas like :
- motor control
- pattern perception
Music is also directly connected to our emotional responses. For example, if you look at one picture while playing different types of music you will notice that your opinion of the picture may change according to the type of music that is playing as you look at it. Movie directors use the connection between music and imagery to persuade you to feel the way the writer is trying to convey. Something as simple as an empty swing swaying back and forth, can make you feel afraid with the right music playing in the background.
Taking this into consideration, we can see how the music we listen to can effect our daily emotions and activities in either a positive or negative way.
So next time you find yourself feeling horrible, try listening to a song that makes you feel good. If you are tired, try a song that energizes you. You may be surprised by the results.
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