How Does Music Affect The Brain

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Imagine a world without music. There would be no such thing as rhythm, tempo, harmony, pitch, and many other elements that make up one of the most cherished ideas on Earth. Proms and homecoming dances would not be the jumpy, yet romantic, nights that couples dream of. The people would be missing an irreplaceable piece of the heart. While music is an important part of the heart and the soul, some have the audacity to say that music is a distraction. While it may be getting in the way of doing certain tasks completely and/or correctly, music is much more than that. Despite the initial idea of music being considered a distraction, the positive effects that people tend to overlook outweigh this negative impact of music.
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A couple of researchers, including neurocognition expert, Dr. Ronny Enk, conducted an experiment of 300 people having to listen to joyful music for 50 minutes. The results showed the amount of immunoglobulin A were increased (Gray). Immunoglobulin A is an antibody that is tied with immunity, or the ability to fight infections and other illnesses; music is associated with this, along with other cells that help fight germs and bacteria (Landau). A healthy mind is a happy mind, especially when it comes to music. Similar to certain drugs, the brain releases dopamine when one listen to music; neuroscientist Valerie Salimpoor claims that the brain is at “peak emotional arousal” when listening to music (Bushak). Music affects one’s emotions much more than any other art. When one looks at a picture, it will always be there; once a note is played or sung, it is gone. It will never sound the same again, which explains why one’s brain is tremendously affected by music. The brain experiences not only emotional growth, but growth in specific brain regions that is necessary for a majority of one’s daily tasks. Playing an instrument activates the areas of the brain that involve movement, planning, attention, and memory (Bushak). With every instrument, one must move their muscles to create the sound that everyone can recognize as music. To become a true expert of an instrument, practice is necessary, which …show more content…
An experiment showed that patients who had surgery and listened to music afterwards had less stress than those who were under the same circumstances, except they took anxiety pills after surgery instead of listening to music (Landau). Music, unlike anxiety pills, have no side effects, so there is less to be worried or stressed out about. Music is also much less expensive than anxiety pills, so not as much stress will be on the medical bill. The medical bill will also begin to disintegrate when the symptoms for a disease reduce. The symptoms of dementia are reduced when listening to music (Bushak). Dementia is a disease that affects one’s memory. There are times where a patient of dementia cannot remember the simplest of things. When they listen to music, however, their memory actually returns. A familiar song can take one back to a memory of some sort; maybe there was a song playing in the background when a student sees they passed a test, or the lyrics in the song were relatable at the time, but either way, memories are more accessible when listening to music. Music is also said to improve one’s endurance when working out (Bushak). If the right songs are playing, one can easily feel more motivated to exercise and become stronger. Everyone wants that moment to feel as if they were in a montage in a movie, and the perfect song can put them

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