Plug your headphones, listen to a beat, ultimately your fingers and toes start to tap. Pretty soon, your head and shoulders begin to bob. Music affects you both physically and mentally. If you want to be active physically, rush to a gym, and if it is about your brain, go for music or a tune that you like the most.
Music plays an important role in the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral abilities of a brain. Research has proved that music relaxes your body. It alters the way you are thinking about a scenario or a person. Music lowers blood pressure and anxiety levels as well as it improves sleep quality and memory. Sometimes, an individual is bounded to a beat as some special memories are associated with a particular tune. Music does the same to some individuals, just like a perfume that reminds you of a particular era. Every time you listen that beat, you will get flashbacks of that period.
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Our brain has to do a lot of stuff and computing to understand music. Apart from the brain, our body also reacts differently to different music. All you have to do is to notice your body movements while listening to every tune. You will see different reactions every time. If a song makes you concentrate and focus, that might not be true for others. Similarly, you may feel distracted or agitated by a song.
Our pleasure centers are triggered when we listen to music — a neurotransmitter known as dopamine releases from our brain. Dopamine is the happy hormone and also involved in the reward system. It is also responsible for rhythm and anticipation. The brain is directly involved in a music encoding system. If you are only listening to music, it involves memory centers of your brain like the hippocampus and frontal lobe. While when you are tapping fingers and toes, it also involves the cerebellum.
Other hormones are also produced at higher levels while listening to music. This hormone helps in staying focus and increases attention span. Similarly, higher prolactin levels while listening to music increase your bonding for a person you are thinking of.
Listening to music is attributed to be in an imaginary world. You may want to get rid of your surroundings and present it while listening to it. The music itself is healing; it is something we are all touched by. Stress is also relieved when you listen to music. But, rather than the pleasure, it may also be stressful to listen to a song not like by you.
By listening to music, you might feel enthusiastic and energetic. It motivates you to do your best as you are overwhelmed. It boosts the energy levels that why we hear loud music in stadiums. Background music during competitions and other activities stimulates creativity. It also improved your mood and increased the span and ability to exercise. You may have noticed long unconscious periods of exercise and walk while playing your favorite music. Avoid being on driving seat when you feel lost in the music.
Music has cognitive and therapeutic effects on our bodies. It also enhances our motor skills. On the other hand, studies have shown the deleterious effects of music on our brain and body. Apart from the pleasure that it gives to us, it may also impart feelings of depressions, anxiety, and nervousness. Sometimes music sketches a fascinating picture of the present or future in our mind that is far away from reality. To those who can handle it, it motivates them, while the one who could not get that feel depressed.
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