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How does music affect our brains?


Music has a profound impact on our brains. It impacts our cognitive, emotional, as well as psychological processes.

  • Emotional Response:-

Music is said to have been some sort of therapy for our brains. When we listen to music, we feel calm and relaxed. Some tunes have the capability of making us cheery and we get quite emotional when we listen to sad tunes. Different genres and tunes can trigger feelings of happiness, sadness, excitement and nostalgia. This emotional response is linked to the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin in our brains.

  • Memory:-

Music is said to have improved our memory skills. It makes us learn stuff better! Some people are said to have listened to soft music while studying, so as to improve their concentration. Some people listen to music while falling asleep.

  • Stress reduction:-

"Ah music! A magic far beyond what we do here" quoted Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series.

Music is sort of like the language of the soul. It's like therapy and it heals people. It can change the mindset of the people. The lyrics offer a deep sense of connection to one's soul. It is said that we begin to feel the music during our emotional periods. Slow tempos and tunes can promote relaxation by lowering one's cortisol levels.

  • Motor Skills:-

Playing an instrument involves complex motor skills and coordination. It can stimulate various areas of our brains, including the motor cortex and cerebellum, leading to improved coordination and fine motor skills.

  • Neuroplasticity:-

Music can promote neuroplasticity, which is the brain's ability to reorganize itself and form new neural connections. Learning and practicing music can strengthen existing neural pathways and create new ones potentially enhancing cognitive function.

  • Reward system activation:-

Listening to music activates the dopamine hormone, that produces pleasure and excitement. That is why we feel good when we listen to certain tempos and tunes.

  • Social Connection:-

Music has a social aspect, and engaging in musical activities can strengthen social bonds. Shared musical experiences can create a sense of community and enhance social connections.

Mozart Effect:-

The Mozart effect refers to a set of research that indicates that listening to Mozart's music may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as spatial-temporal reasoning. The original study involved college students who listened to Mozart's sonata for two pianos in D scale for 10 minutes before taking the spatial-temporal reasoning test. Researchers reported a temporary increase in spatial-temporal abilities in the participants who had listened to Mozart's music compared to those who had not.


Researchers reported that music has various impacts on our brains, as it helps us function in our day-to-day activities. Whether it is listening to a soft tune during studying, or listening to music for falling asleep, or enjoying the tempos while cooking in the kitchen, we all enjoy music.

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