Silence is good. It’s centering and introspective.
The same can be said about music. Whether it is the lyrics or the beat, a song can send you deep inside or throw you out into the atmosphere. Music is good for us.
We know how music makes us feel in our body and in our thoughts -- now it’s clearer how music impacts the mind. CNN shared a couple studies showing the positive effects music has on the brain.
Daniel Levitin, a psychologist studying the neuroscience of music at McGill University in Montreal explored how music affects people about to have surgery – a known stressor. Half of the group was given music, the other half anti-anxiety drugs. The study showed that “the patients who listened to music had less anxiety and lower cortisol than people who took drugs… Levitin also showed evidence that music is associated with immunoglobin A, an antibody linked to immunity, as well as higher counts of cells that fight germs and bacteria.”
Put your earbuds in, turn the music up and let the stress fall away.
European Journal of Neuroscience conducted a study where participants listened to four symphonies by a fairly unknown composer – meaning none of the 17 participants had any prior emotional connection to the music.
The study found synchronization in several key brain areas suggesting that listeners, despite personal differences, perceive music the same way and share a common experience on a physiological level.
"It's not our natural tendency to thrust ourselves into a crowd of 20,000 people, but for a Muse concert or a Radiohead concert we'll do it," Levitin said.
"There's this unifying force that comes from the music, and we don't get that from other things." - Daniel Levitin
Rhianna may have sang it best, “Please don’t stop the music”.
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