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How does music affect our brain?

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mathilda aguilera

on 19 April 2017

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Transcript of How does music affect our brain?

How does music affect our brain?
-Creating a musical program can improve certain brain functions
Music: the bridge of the brain and the heart
- uplifted mood of joy ;
Sadness could be...
Happiness could be
of oxytocin and dopamine
Oxytocin; human peptide hormone (and neuropeptide) released by the posterior pituitary
Fields in which this specific neurotransmitter plays a role :
-Nice reward
-Behavior and cognition
-Inhibition of prolactin production
What Is Autism?

- Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder
By what is it characterized?
- social skills
- repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication
using songs as a form of communication could increase emotional understanding in autistic children
stimulates and engages our emotions in many stages of our lives both individually and in groups.
call forth the deepest emotions in people
helps us with our fear, grief, sadness, and resentment, even if these emotions are held on a subconscious level.
find out the type of music a person used to enjoy listening to before Alzheimer’s affected this person
create specials playlists for this person and include in it the person's music

EFFECTS : the mood
to the world

Learning Neuroplasticity
Neuroplasticity is the brain's capability to reorganize itself by creating new neural connections
affects patients’ brains abilities to reconnect to memories they could not access before
But it could also be useful with emotions or physical systems
Gabrielle Giffords had a brain injury and she had almost lost her ability to speak .
Fortunately, music therapy, singing and melodic intonation gave her the nessecary connections to relarn language.
Music is able to activate, sustain, and improve our attention.
listening to music could help the brain to:
- anticipate events
- hold greater attention/ to pay attention
According to the author, the space between the notes, in other words the silence, captivates.

Then, the busy mind can communicate and integrate with the heart; they move into coherence.
- But music can also have an inverse effect on attention ->
distract us or make us inattentive

Lyrics are descriptive and engage our analytical mind
How to Affect Your Brain and Mood With Music?
Playing an Instrument

physical movements affects the left side
creative ideas or improvisation affects the right side
putting your emotion into the song = connection with your heart
improvising = can also be in daily life to -> find creative solutions -> to improve cognitive abilities and spontaneous thought
social, emotional,and cognitive benefits.
Can affect:
your mood
Can be used to
improve speech function and decrease stress, anxiety, and depression
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