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How Does Music Affect Your Brain? | Tech Effects | WIRED

WIRED2019-03-15
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Music has a profound impact on the brain, activating various regions and improving cognitive skills and social behavior in children. It triggers pleasurable responses by releasing feel-good chemicals and can help patients with language disorders access different brain pathways. Learning music strengthens brain connections and enhances creativity, shaping human thinking and emotions.

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Music impacts moods and bodies by activating all areas of the brain.
02:03
Studies have shown that music engages the auditory, visual, motor cortex, cerebellum, memory system, and hippocampus.
Music processing is not limited to one side of the brain, but rather involves multiple regions, leading to significant brain activity.
Contrary to old beliefs, both language and music processing occur in various brain regions.
Benefits of music training on cognitive skills, decision-making, and social behavior in children.
04:04
Research at USC shows that music training for five years improves connections between brain hemispheres and problem-solving abilities.
Emotions play a significant role in music, with some individuals experiencing physical responses like goosebumps or chills.
Physiological responses to music can be measured to understand emotional connections.
Individuals who experience chills while listening to music have a stronger connection between auditory and emotional information in the brain, leading to better communication between what they hear and how they feel.
Music triggers pleasurable responses in the brain, activating the brain's internal opioid system.
07:30
Enjoyed music releases chemicals that make you feel good, while disliked music releases cortisol.
Music has the power to help patients with language disorders like aphasia, by accessing different pathways in the brain.
Music therapist Meaghan Morrow uses music as a 'feeder road' to help patients regain language skills.
The brain's left hemisphere controls language, while various brain regions have access to music processing, showcasing the profound impact of music on brain function.
Music can help relearn speech by accessing alternative pathways in the brain.
09:39
Learning to play music can strengthen brain connections.
Music is considered the language of humanity, transcending language barriers.
Neuroscientist Charles Lim studied how the brain responds to music, showing increased activity in sensory and motor skill areas.
During moments of high creativity, the prefrontal cortex appears to shut down, allowing for uninhibited expression.