This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. LevitinWhether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your life—even if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last be- coming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Both a cutting-edge study and a tribute to the beauty of music itself, This Is Your Brain on Music unravels a host of mysteries that affect everything from pop culture to our understanding of human nature, including:
• Are our musical preferences shaped in utero?
• Is there a cutoff point for acquiring new tastes in music?
• What do PET scans and MRIs reveal about the brain’s response to music?
• Is musical pleasure different from other kinds of pleasure?
This Is Your Brain on Music explores cultures in which singing is considered an essential human function, patients who have a rare disorder that prevents them from making sense of music, and scientists studying why two people may not have the same definition of pitch. At every turn, this provocative work unlocks deep secrets about how nature and nurture forge a uniquely human obsession.
These 12 facts about music, and how they affect your brain, will astound you!
Everybody loves music of one sort or other, some sing or play an instrument while others enjoy listening. Despite a universal love of music it is almost always one of the first programs cut in schools. There are more than a few interesting facts about music and learning that shows how music improves education. Music improves memory. Even when students are playing while following sheet music, students are constantly using memory skills to perform.
In numerous studies they have been able to see just how much normal things like music can effect, and even alter, it completely. These facts about music will give you an insight into the complexity of your own mind. Dopamine is a feel-good chemical released by the brain. This chemical is directly involved in motivation, as well as addiction. The brain responds to music the same way it responds to something that you eat. As stated above, dopamine is a chemical released by the brain.
Still, scientists are continuing to learn much about the way the brain responds to music. Music has the power to bring back memories, leading some researchers to say that music could be used as a treatment for people with memory problems. In one recent study, researchers found that music could bring back old-age memories in people who had memory problems after sustaining traumatic brain injuries TBI. In fact, the musical treatment, which involved playing hit songs from different periods in people's lives, was better than an interview at eliciting past memories, according to the study published in the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Other investigations have found that for people with severe memory problems as a result of Alzheimer's disease or dementia, music can affect the memory when nothing else does. The researchers looked at the brain's electrical waves to measure how sensitive the people were to the sound, and whether their brain's emotional circuits were evoked. The researchers found that the musicians' brains responded more quickly and accurately than the brains of non-musicians, suggesting the musicians may be better at perceiving emotions even when music isn't being played, the researchers said.