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Effects of Music on the Brain

Psychology Project

Ashleigh Williams

on 4 April 2013

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Ashleigh Williams
Mon/Wed Class Effects of Music
on the Brain Music is said to influence many areas in the brain including thinking, learning, creativity, mood, attitude, and to give a sense of motivation. Music can also help in the release of endorphins and the increase in serotonin. Music has the strongest effect on the brain in memory.
At the tempo of 60 beats per minute people remember the most. What part of the brain is most connected to music? One study looked at IQ test scores of college students, before taking the test the students listened to music.
Group 1 listened to relaxation tapes.
Group 2 listened to nothing.
Group 3 listened to Mozart.
Who had the highest scores? Experiments Too much repetition may create feelings of anger.
Music like heavy rock and rap can cause the brain to lose symmetry and focusing on completing a task can become very difficult. Negative Effects on the Brain Work Cited Looi, S. (2012). Effects of music on the brain. Retrieved from http://www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/effects_music_brain.html Music has shown to be helpful to people with Alzheimers and Parkinson's.
In Alzheimers music can trigger memories otherwise forgotten.
In Parkinson's motor skilled seemed to improve while playing music and some patients were more able to walk.
Music has also been used to treat depression, ADD, seizures, premature infancy, and insomnia. ("How does music," 2012) Quirky Brain Facts When you listen to music, your auditory cortex is stimulated.

If you hear only a snippet of a song your auditory cortex will finish it.

When a song or jingle gets stuck in your head it's called an earworm. Why does music get stuck in your head long after hearing it?. (2013, March 30). Retrieved from http://science.yourdictionary.com/articles/music-stay-head-after-hearing.html Music Therapy How does music affect the brain?. (2012, March 30). Retrieved from http://science.yourdictionary.com/articles/how-does-music-affect-the-brain.html What affect does music have on the brain? Musical Math As you listen to music areas of the brain that are involved with thinking, analyzing, and organization are stimulated. When these areas are stimulated by music you are better able to focus and tackle challenging math problems. What classical music can do for you Studies show listening to certain types of music improves the following areas for students:
self trust
personal discipline

*From the research I did, it seems the best genre of music to do all this is classical music.
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