Music has been an important part of every
human culture, both past and present. It can play a part in brain development, learning,
mood, and even your health. There used to be a popular belief that music is processed in
the right hemisphere of our brains, along with art and other creative activities. However recent findings show us that music
is distributed throughout the brain. Through studies of people with brain damage,
we’ve seen patients who have lost the ability to read a newspaper, but can still read music. Or individuals who can play the piano, but
lack motor coordination to button their own sweater. Today we know that music listening and performance,
engage nearly every area of the brain that we have so far identified. One of the most
common affects music has, is that it can alter our mood and feelings, by stimulating the
formation of certain brain chemicals. Film directors use music to tell us how to feel
about scenes that otherwise might be unclear, or to elevate our feelings at particularly
dramatic moments. Think of a typical fight scene in an action
film, it’s the music that truly makes the scene epic. Also our brains respond differently
to happy and sad melodies.One study showed that after hearing a short piece of sad music,
participants were more likely to interpret a neutral expression as sad. And if the melody was happy, the neutral expression
was perceived as a happy one. Now when you listen to music you actually like, your brain
releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical which causes a feeling
of satisfaction. When listening to your favorite part of the
song you get the same sort of pleasure that you experience when eating food, doing drugs
or having sex. So basically music can makes us feel good. And
if you’re having a particularly good day, listening to some of your favorite upbeat
music can actually amplify that feeling of happiness. One interesting thing is that when
someone is sad, they often reach for sad music and they find that it helps them feel better. Now
you might be thinking why would they do that? Why wouldn’t a sad person listen to happy
music? The reason is that when you’re sad or depressed
you usually feel misunderstood. Like the people around you don’t understand
you. If you would listen to happy music in this
state, it would only contribute to this feeling of detachment. However if you put on the right piece of sad
music you say to yourself: “Oh, that’s how I feel. This musician understands me.” So the sad music
turns out to be soothing, unlike the happy music when you’re feeling down. Another interesting aspect is how listening
to music can affect our exercise regime. As our body realizes we’re tired and wants
to stop exercising, it sends signals to the brain to stop for a break. Listening to music competes for our brain’s
attention, and can help us override those signals of fatigue. A 2012 study, showed that
cyclists who listened to music required 7% less oxygen to do the same work as those who
cycled in silence.So not only can we push through the pain to exercise longer and harder,
when we listen to music, but it can actually help us to use our energy more efficiently. In the last few decades, neuroscientists have
made enormous breakthroughs in understanding how our brains work, by monitoring them with
instruments like fMRI. So when researchers got the participants to
listen to music, they saw multiple regions light up. But what’s more interesting is that when they
observed brains of musicians, while playing an instrument, the whole brain lit up like
sky with fireworks. So while listening to music engages some interesting
brain regions, playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout. Also through
brain scans we have found that musicians have different brains than non-musicians. People
who play an instrument have bigger, better connected, more sensitive brains. A study from
2008 showed that children who had at least three years of instrumental music training,
performed better than their non musical counterparts on a variety of tests. Mainly in auditory discrimination abilities
and fine motor skills.But they also tested better on vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning
skills, which involve understanding and analyzing visual information, such as identifying relationships,
similarities and differences between shapes and patterns.These two areas in particular
are quite removed from musical training as we imagine it, so it’s fascinating to see
how learning to play an instrument can help kids develop such a wide variety of important
skills. It’s also never too late to start learning an instrument. Seniors who play an
instrument or sing with other people are more resistant to cognitive and memory problems. The
reason might be the creation of alternative connections in the brain that could compensate
for cognitive decline as we get older. So both listening and creating music has it’s own
benefits. However music affects each brain differently and someones music can be another
persons noise. And researchers have found that listening to music you like, increases blood
flow to the brain more than listening to music you don’t like. To draw a line, you’ll
always get more benefits from listening and making music, you actually like. Thank you
for watching. I hope you learned something new and became
better than yesterday πŸ™‚

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37 thoughts on “This Is Your Brain On Music – How Music Benefits The Brain (animated)

  1. What's your guys' favorite genre and sub-genres? My favorite genre is hip-hop, and my favorite sub-genres are jazz rap and alternative hip-hop.

  2. Yeah not to be confused with popular music or anything with lyrics, in fact ive noticed this has the opposite effect on the brain. Robs your focus and is dopamine addictive. Its stimulating in the negative way where as pure music played from an instrument has a positive uplifting effect. Good video

  3. I recently started playing the piano and naturally I got curious how the music affects our brains. This video is the result of that curiosity. Hope you enjoy!

  4. When I feel out of focus I listen to "If You Want Blood" by AC/DC, it helps me "catch myself on fire" and focus on school.

  5. you make a dope video and a lot of people watch it but you only get 335 likes. i just don't get it you need to have like 10.000 like at least

  6. I love the info and follow the science on music and brain as a clinical musician. The sex illustration though is weird — a giant dildo sperm– and very male.

  7. first video the guy talked waaay too fast in an unattractive voice. this voice is normal speed but…doesn't work at all for me. couldn't listen to the end.

  8. rockabilly,blues, motown, rock n roll, punk rock and heavy metal are my favorites sounds…but I can listen to almost any kind of music thank God! I dont like mellachollic music.

  9. music is bad for mental health. I dont care what you say but I dont like the fact that music changes everything in your brain. It literally makes you lose yourself. You dont get to control yourself because the music type you listen to dictates you.

  10. I am a musical soul from India. And this video made me re-analyse the presence of music in my life.
    I have shared my first video on my channel singing one of Devdas songs in Indian exotic appearance. Please go over and check it out.

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