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How Does Music Affect Your Brain?

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Delany Oakes

on 19 December 2013

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Transcript of How Does Music Affect Your Brain?

Benefits Of Music
~Reduces Stress- Music can relax your muscles and helps you reduce your breathing rate both of these actions are directly related to reducing stress and can assist you in making your life less stressful.
~Makes You Happy- Music can simulate your body to produce serotonin, which is one of the hormones responsible for happiness and prevents depression so it elevates your mood.
~Alters Your Brainwaves- Music can alter you brain wave pattern so it elevates your mode even after you stop listening to it.
~Motivates You- I'm sure you've listened to one or more songs that has made you feel motivated
The Scientific Power Of Music
And More....
~ There are two kinds of emotions related to music perceived emotions and felt emotions, this means that sometimes we can understand the emotions of a piece of music without actually feeling them, which explains why some of us find listening to sad music enjoyable, rather than depressing unlike in real life situations we don't feel any real threat or danger when listening to music, so we can perceive the related emotions without truly feeling them almost like vicarious emotions.

How Music Corresponds To Our Personality
~ Here is a breakdown of how different music corresponds to our personality, according to a study at Herrit-Watt University.

Blues fans- Have high self esteem, are creative, outgoing, genital and at ease
Jazz fans- Have high self esteem, creative and at ease
Rap fans- Have high self esteem and are outgoing
Opera fans- Have high self esteem, creative and gentle
Country and Western fans- Are hardworking and outgoing
Raggae fans- Have high self esteem, creative, not harworking or gentle
Dance fans - Are creative, outgoing but not gentle
Indie fans- Low self esteem, creative not hard working or gentle
Bollywood fans- Are creative and outgoing
Rock\metal fans- Low self esteem, creative not outgoing, hardworking, gentle or at ease
Pop fans- High self esteem, harworking outgoing gentle not creative or at ease
Soal fans- High self esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease

How Does Music Affect Your Brain?
~There are different ways music affects us like movie music,if you close your eyes in a action thriller or horror movie you can tell whats going on by just the music alone.

~One study showed that after hearing a short piece of music, participants were more likely to interpret a neutral expression as happy or sad to match the tone of the music they heard.

~ When were happy we may listen to upbeat music when were sad we listen to slower moving music with heavy guitar, drums and vocals that reflect our anger, we can learn alot about our emotional selves through our musical taste.

How Music Affects Your Brain
Does Music Help Us Work?
~ We all like to turn up our music when were powering through our to do list but when it comes to creative thinking loud music might not be the best option. It turns out that moderate noise levels are the "sweet spot " for creativity even more than low noise levels, ambient noise apparently gets our creative thoughts flowing, In high noise levels our creative thinking is impaired because were overwhelmed are struggle to process information efficiently.

Can Music Help You Exercise ?
~Music can actually help you exercise because listening to music can help drown out our brains cries of fatigue because when your body realizes were tired and wants to stop exercising it sends signals to our brain to stop for a break listening to music competes for our brains attention and can override the signals of fatigue, but it is mostly beneficial for low moderate exercises, during high intensity exercises it isn't as powerful at pulling our brains attention away from the pain of the workout. Not only can we push through the pain to exercise longer, but it can actually help us to use our energy more efficiently. A 2012 study showed that cyclists who listened to music required 7% less oxygen to those who cycled in silence.
~Music is powerful and has existed in all culters throughout history. Music is a combination of auditory frequencies and interget patterns floating in the air then into your ear. Why do we find music so addictive? When we listen to it, it releases a neurotransmitter in your brain called "Dopamine" dopamine is a chemical responsible for making you "feel good" when dopamine is released the neurotransmitter causes a feeling of satisfactory, music has the ability to create a state of satisfactory which causes pupils to dilate, blood pressure to rise and your brain to fire a auditory movement emotional region. Even though music doesn't have a direct survival benefit this emotional reaction causes a release of dopamine, so music chemically alters our body and makes us feel great. Which makes music addictive the dopamine tells your body it was rewarded and created the desire to seak out more, the chemical effects remain consistent. It's basically a perfectly natural drug of happiness.
Music Affects Many Different Areas Of The Brain
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