Music & The Brain
By: Kyla Fangman
Areas in the brain that music affects
The brain has two hemispheres. The right hemisphere and the left hemisphere. The right hemisphere is normally known for music. Although, they haven't found exactly where music affects your brain. Studies show that rhythm takes place when both hemispheres of the brain work together.
- right hemisphere perceives pitch and some parts of melody, harmony, timbre, and rhythm.
- left hemisphere (in most people) shows rapid changes in frequency and intensity, both in music and words.
- corpus callosum connects the right and left hemispheres.
- hippocampus is where working memories are stored, musical experiences, and context.
- motor cortex controls movement light up when you want to tap your foot along with the beat.
- nucleus accumbus controls emotional reactions to music.
How it impacts your life
- Music has been used to calm Alzheimer's patients. The right kind of music can reduce confusion and disagreements.
- After heart bypass surgery patients experience changes in blood pressure, but studies show that hospitals that play music in the background, the patients need a lower dose of the medication.
- Premature babies gain weight faster when music is played.
- Helps your push through your workouts for longer periods of time.
- Stroke patients in one small study showed improved visual attention while listening to classical music.
Music affects your mood. Happy music can make you happy, and sad music can make you sad.
The Mozart effect
Listening to classical music (Mozart) helps performance on cognitive tests. Recently they found any music that you enjoy listening to has a positive effects on cognition.
Infants can hear music in the mother during there third trimester, and can remember it a short period of time after birth.
The Mozart effect
How it impacts your brain and nervous system
Starting at a young age music creates and strengthens neural connections throughout your brain. Music activates nerves in the auditory system so you are able to actually hear the music. Since these connections are being made you are creating more active neurons that help your ability to do things.
More fun facts
- Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, and at ease
- Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introverts, and at ease
- Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing
- Country fans are hardworking and outgoing
- Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle
- Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
- Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
- Pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing, and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease