This article covers many different aspects of music and its relationship with the brain. Music taps into the parts of our brain that are sensitive to melody and beat, allowing you to think in a different way.
Music & pleasure:
The brain’s reward system tells us if things are valuable, important or relevant to survival, and music is strongly associated with this area. Dopamine is released in the brain, similar to what happens in response to food or sex. Tension & release at certain parts. Comparable to methamphetamine.
Music & beat:
Plays a role in social bonding – armies march to a beat, group dancing is social. Studies show people who move together to a beat are more likely to cooperate with each other while completing other tasks. Bonding through shared emotion and experience. Help with motor disorders like Parkinson’s disease – they can walk to the beat. Help Alzheimer’s patients remember better. Very powerful circuit of the brain. Learning a musical instrument could help stave off dementia. Sound stimulates the entire brain.
Music & emotions
Associate particular songs with events in your life. Music used to help children remember and learn things. Using music to alter your mood throughout the day.
Music as a language
It serves the same purpose as a language, it is a form of self expression. A way to express yourself and convey feelings. Learning to play music in an immersive way.