We all love a good workout playlist, a song that automatically calms us down, and those three songs from junior year that we played when we were getting ready to go out; but did you know that music can do more than that for your brain?
Here are a few different ways music can affect you:
We might as well start with most obvious right? The way you can’t help but smile, or instantly start tapping your feet (even when it’s a song you can’t stand), yeah, that’s music’s fault.
As music enters the brain it triggers the release of dopamine, which makes you feel happy. It’s a pretty much immediate response.
Research showed that children with three plus years of musical training tested better on vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning skills.
There is also research that shows music helps with exercise and motor skills.
A 2016 study showed that listening to music improved mood and led to better sleep quality. A separate study also found that music in cataract patients helped lower blood pressure.
Music appears to have a calming effect on the body, reducing stress and improving the body’s
immune system function.
Did you know music can make remembering easier? Research showed that classical music improved the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, along with helping to slow down the onset of dementia.
Not all music is helpful to this end, but some definitely is. The best music, according to the experts, is music that will keep you awake without distracting you to the point of dancing and toe-tapping. Classical music appears to be best as it’s free of lyrics and has a good tempo.
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