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Music Therapy for The Brain

I bet you're wondering "how does music affects the brain?" otherwise you wouldn't be here.

Well, for starter, there's a strong correlation between and the . It is well known that music can influence the way you think, the way you learn or react. In regard to music and the brain, you probably already know that you can have different reactions according to the music you listen to at any given moment.

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Do you usually listen to relaxing music while you work? Music may help you think better and thus working more efficiently. Yes, music does affect the brain; promoting a more positive attitude and motivating you do continue whatever you are doing. Music can even help you study better when your brain listens to a certain type of music, while you're learning new things. Poor grades are often an outcome of lack of interest or lack of motivation in studying; they don't automatically reflect poor intelligence. Music can help you overcome your lack of interest towards learning by boosting your self-confidence.

Music can help your brain to better understand one of the most intimidating subjects for many students: math. Why is that? Because music stimulates those areas of the brain that are responsible for your thinking, planning and critical analysis, you become more capable of solving challenging problems. You can say that music therapy is important for the brain.

How does Music affect The Brain?

how music affects the brain

Understanding how music affects the brain has been a topic of scientific research for many years and yet scientists can't fully understand music and the brain. Despite this inconvenience, alternative treatments already embraced music effects on the brain through music therapy to enhance memory, to manage stress, treat depression, anxiety, cure insomnia or solve problems in so-called lucid dreams .

For example, listening to relaxing music while performing a challenging task will probably make the activity seem a whole lot easier. Whatever task you want to accomplish, there's a good chance that your brain will make that chore more manageable. Music will most likely affect your brain by improving its memory, its capacity of learning, feeling or sleeping.

Studies also showed that music therapy helps in the release of endorphins (neurochemicals that aid the body heal) and thus distracting the body from suffering and pain to promote faster healing.

Music affects the levels of alertness and concentration, enhancing your creativity (the right side of your brain). If knowledge is "food for thought," then music is definitely the digestive system that helps your brain proper *digest* that knowledge.

For example, music helped Thomas Jefferson write his "Declaration of Independence" and also helped Albert Einstein become one of the smartest men in history.

Stress, depression and anxiety create uneasy feelings in the brain, affecting its overall functionality. Weaker reasoning and difficulty in accomplishing tasks are results of decreased levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter located in our central nervous system). The serotonin is a well-known contributor to our feelings of well-being and approximately 50 million brain cells are affected by its levels. Low levels of serotonin may lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair; however, people respond to music therapy in different ways.

Serotonin. Seroto... What?

How and where you spend your time can raise or lower your serotonin levels affecting your emotions, energy, thoughts, actions, and thus strengthening or weakening your well-being.

So, you're now probably wondering what you can do to increase your serotonin levels. Here's what you can do:

  1. Eat carbohydrates (barley, oats, buckwheat, sweet potatoes, squashes).

  2. Eat chicken, veal, lamb, low fat cheeses, low fat milk, soy, legumes.

  3. Spend some time meditating or engage in a relaxing activity (hobbies).

  4. Do an exercise such as yoga or swimming at least 4 days a week.

  5. Expose yourself to sunlight 2 hours/day to suppress melatonin production.

  6. Do things that make you feel good or allow you to slow down and relax.

Ode to the Brain Music Video

At the begining of this page you watched an inspiring music video by Symphony of Science. Through the voice of scientists such as Carl Sagan (Cosmos), Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye (Brain Episode) and Oliver Sacks, different aspects of the brain are covered, including its evolution and neural network. Samples from BBC's "The Human Body" and Discovery Channel's "Human Body: Pushing the Limits" were also used.

Want to download the MP3? Get it from: Symphony of Science.

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