Most of us like to listen to music, especially those relaxing, soothing and healing music. Music is processed in the right hemisphere of the brain but how does it affect our body and brain?
There are different neurons that respond according to what kind of music is played to us. Music can affect hormone, encourage the production of cortisone and testosterone. Music can also release dopamine, a chemical substance that is released by our brain when we are eating or having a lot of money.
Stress has a negative effect on body. It can cause the blood vessels to become rigid, which does not allow the blood to flow freely. Arteries can be hardened and blood pressure can be raised too. Stress can affect our immune system as well, which people who are stressed tend to get sick often. Stress can even lead to anxiety and depression.
But calm music has positive effects on body; it can make us feel great! When our mood improves, the stress is chased away. While we are listening to our favorite music, our blood vessel is relaxed and opened up. It also produced chemicals that help protect the heart. Therefore, listening to music consistently can improve our health.
Beyond the biology and the actual responses of our bodies, there are definite responses of our mind as well. There are different components to music that can have an effect. Pitch, harmony, frequency, melody, and rhythm all affect the brain in different ways. Many musical therapy experts recommend making music a part of our daily lives, because its effects can improve with time. Our language skills, creativity, happiness and memory, can improve with regular musical therapy over the time.
Beside the benefits of listening to music as mentioned above, other benefits are as follows:
- Building new neural pathway growth - increase in our brain power
- Balancing the brain's electrical activity - whole brain functioning
- Releasing positive brain chemicals other than dopamine, such as DHEA and Serotonin
- Balancing our emotions
- Regulating our sleep cycles
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