Today, we will talk about the remarkable effects music has on our brain and how different music genres can help us in our daily activities.
You all know that listening to music helps you. Whether it is a loud upbeat track that you listen to while jogging or a Beyoncé song that helps you get in a good mood, music is a huge part of your life. And all this has to do with the effects different kinds of music have on our brain.
Music interacts with your brain in a unique way. It causes your brain to produce certain neurochemicals that lead you to experience emotions.
How can you use music to help your brain activity? There are many unanswered questions about our mind, but music is pretty well researched.
Here are a few effects of music on the brain:
1. Music you really like for creativity
It’s not a groundbreaking discovery that we like music. However, now that neuroscience has become popular and draws more and more funding, we know the reason why we like music.
One of the most remarkable effects music has on the human brain is that it stimulates the release of dopamine, which is a brain mediator that lifts your spirit. You get some dopamine from eating good food or getting your salary on the payday. And you get a lot of dopamine from doing cocaine.
Let’s say, music is a safe middle ground between the two. We produce 9% more dopamine from the music we particularly like.
What does that have to do with creativity? There’s evidence that dopamine helps the creative effort. The exact mechanism is the subject of debate, but scientists are pretty unanimous on the effects of music on the brain. If you listen to music you really like, you may become more creative.
2. Ambient for creativity
Have you ever had a hard time studying or working when it’s too loud around you? Noisy colleagues can distract quite a lot. But the opposite is true too. Complete silence can be hard to work with.
The solution? Listening to ambient noise. The evidence suggests that moderate noise fosters creativity.
The reason this works is that you are on the optimal level of stimulation when you’re listening to ambient noise. Make the music too loud and too fast, and you’re hyperstimulated. At the same time, complete silence makes your brain bored.
Ambient makes it ready to get creative. However, this is not the only effect music has on the brain.
3. Dubstep for exercise
Did you ever feel more energetic while listening to music? That’s because there’s a scientific reason behind this.
When you listen to fast music during exercise, you perform better. This study shows that athletes needed less oxygen to do the workout. The difference was only 7%, but it still demonstrates the effectiveness of music.
Your brain gets overwhelmed with stress when you’re exercising, especially if it’s a high-intensity training. What music does is to shift the focus from how hard the exercise is.
The optimal tempo for exercise is 145 BPM, which is exactly the tempo of many Dubstep tracks. Music that is faster than that doesn’t produce more stimulation.
If you’re going for a jog or are planning to hit it hard at the gym, dubstep or any fast music can help you perform better.
5. Classical music for attention
Whether you study or work, you need concentration to help you perform your daily tasks. And the right kinds of music can give your brain just that.
A Stanford study found that people who were listening to classical music scored higher on the attention tests. The results of the group who were performing the test in silence were significantly worse off.
This means you can just blast Rachmaninoff or Bach when you need to focus. However, this effect of classical music on the brain’s ability to focus may be due to the absence of words, not just some kind of intrinsic quality that other music genres lack. Some studies show that any type of background music without lyrics increases your concentration.
6. Classical music for memory
Classical music is also good for memory, this University of Tennessee study finds. Rap music was compared to classics during a memory test. The results showed that rap music listeners scored less on average.
Again, this finding may be extrapolated to all music that doesn’t have lyrics.
7. Music you love for long-term memory
The music builds powerful emotional connections in our brain. Whenever you hear a song that you listened to in childhood, you may relive the time when you first heard it.
These effects of music are even more pronounced in the brains of dementia patients. This non-profit suggests music can help Alzheimer’s patients stay more mentally alert and prevents delirium.
You can try to use this remarkable feature of music when preparing for an exam. Listen to a track while reading the textbook. Then listen to it right before an exam to freshen up the memory.
8. Metal for anger issues
Metal music is for angry people, right? Well, it turns out that it is right. This study says people with anger issues can benefit from metal music because it makes them calmer.
Try listening to a metal band when you feel angry or depressed. Science says it’s going to help you calm down and feel better.
The amazing effects of music on the brain
Music is a unique tool in our arsenal. While it’s not the ultimate solution for everything, it can help you in many situations. There are times when you need that 10% boost in creativity. When you need that, play your favorite track and be ready to get more productive and creative!
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