How music affects the brain?

We often heard that music hath charms to soothe the savage beast. Yes, that’s right! Can music help a person to overcome stresses and diseases? Or can transfer you into the realm of imagination? You probably already know the answer. Music can do all this and still much more. How music affects the brain?

To the question "What is the role of music in human life?" there are many answers. Today we offer you to get acquainted with some new scientific studies have shed light on another are microscopically studied aspect is the influence of music on the brain.

Can music affect mood?

According to the American music theorist Gerald Levinson (Jerrold Levinson), the musical language is an equally strong system of communication than ordinary human language as the object of study of linguistics.

Because music carries a far more potent emotional charge than the real life events, modern psychologists are increasingly resorting to the use of music therapy. To explain its positive effect on the human condition can be at least that of the reaction of our nervous system at the cheerful and sentimental musical works entirely different. For example, participants in a recent experiment, after listening to a short song, interpret a neutral expression as happy or sad depending on what song I heard.

The emotions that arose under the influence of music can be divided into two types, perceived and felt. It means that a person can understand the mood of a musical work, even if he never had to experience such feelings in real life. So, in the psychological disorders of depressive character lively music only aggravates the human condition, while the lyrical motives, on the contrary, returned to life with bright paint.

Is it possible to determine a person's character, knowing his musical preferences?

Scientists of Heriot-Watt University (HWU) discover that between music genres and character of a person exist a definite relationship.

In the first part of the experiment 36 518 young people from around the world were to hold a ranking of 104 music genres depending on their personal preferences. The next stage of the study was somewhat more challenging: participants had to get into pairs and try to identify the traits of their partners, based on their list of the ten most listened songs. For analysis were chosen five personality traits: openness to experience, extraversion, courtesy, integrity and emotional balance.

music preferations

Scientists came to the following conclusions:

•    Fans of  Blues are creative, communicative, polite and arrogant;

•    among jazz fans are most often found creative, friendly people with high self-esteem;

•    fans of classical music belong to an introverted type of personality, but despite this, have a great sense of dignity and remarkable creativity;

•    fans of rap are sociable and slightly egotistical;

•    among Opera lovers belong to the gentle, open, creative personality;

•    fans of country-and-Western distinguished by their hard work and the ability to easily find the common language with others;

•    fans of reggae have high self-esteem, creative and sociable, but hard work is not about them;

•    fans of rhythmic dance music extraverted relate to personality type, have certain creative abilities, but do not have good manners;

•    fans of indie low self-esteem, they are not hard-working and often poorly educated;

•    fans of Bollywood (music from Indian films) are very responsive and friendly;

•     often fans of heavy music — heavy metal, hardcore, etc. have low self-esteem, but they have a great creative potential.
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 Is there a relationship between music and logic?

As you know, learning to play musical instruments at an early age has a positive effect on the brain and further development of the child. In 2008, Mary  Forgeard, Ellen Winner, Andrea Norton, professors at St. Andrews University, found that children involved in music for about three years outperform their peers on four indicators: the perception of information by hearing, motor skills, vocabulary and logical thinking.

Thus, the researchers came to the conclusion that many years of intensive musical practice has a positive impact not only on megalocephaly the organization of auditory and motor functions but also in the process of redistribution of mental functions between the left and right hemispheres of the brain (lateralization).

 How to make training more productive?
music and training

Scientists for many years pay their attention to such question how music impacts on the process of physical training. For example, in 1911, the American researcher Leonard Ayres (Ayres Leonard) found that cyclists pedal much faster by listening to upbeat music than when driving in silence. It is because the music only drowns out the signals of tiredness. The body, feeling the physical exhaustion, the brain sends impulses that muscles need time to recuperate. Music, in turn, determines the signals and motivates the person to do longer. It should be noted that the musical accompaniment is particularly useful during exercise of low or moderate intensity, as the pain that occurs during heavy loads, almost impossible to ignore.

Music also helps people to dispose of their energy in the most efficient way. A study conducted in 2012 showed that cyclists are listening to music while you workout, consume 7% less oxygen, despite the fact that the load remains unchanged.

Music is a universal language. People are programmed to appreciate music and need it. So find music that you like and let the positive vibrations provide your brain a significant stimulating effect!

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