Music to My Ears

Music to My Ears

 

 

Music has many kinds of effects on the mind. But what are the positive and negatives and how exactly can those effects be found in our daily lives? Well some of these questions are answered in the article by Elizabeth Landau, on CNN.com. Starting off with some of the more startling facts, next time you realize you have a song stuck in your head all day, you might want to try harder to get it out. According to some past research, those little phrases or verses in songs that get internally stuck on the brain are referred to as “ear worms” and can affect our train of thinking negatively. Though this can sometimes be distracting and not good for our minds, it is so easy to remember songs. But that is not by chance. Music is almost directly associated with memory. In fact, sounds and music were used back in the days of cavemen to help remember sources of water and other patterns of behavior. This link to memory also has large benefits for those with Alzheimer’s and can in some cases be used as memory enhancement techniques. But even someone who does have issues memory can still have an appreciation for music without it’s assisting functions. The whole world loves music, and why is that? It’s because, as well as memory, music has direct links to the reward system in our brains, making listening to music a truly “rewarding” experience. Pleasure sensors go crazy at certain points in songs and release dopamine into our brains. This gives a literal high while listening to music. Therefore, even though there are some negative aspects to listening to music (and who would have thought?) the benefits are plentiful. It seems as if music is just something that we are hardwired to like as a human race considering that no other primate can move to the beat of music like we can. To find out more details on the topics mentioned here see the link below.

 

CNN: Music: It’s in your head, changing your brain 

 

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