Why Do We Love Music?

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Music has a long history, and we just can’t say exactly how long it has been with us. In fact, music instruments date back thousands of years. Despite this fact, we still have no idea why we have a love for music or what function it serves.

Numerous research studies have been done so far, but none of them has found any “music center” in the human brain. Just like all other types of processing, the execution of music is done by many parts of the brain.

However, we do have some findings from a few studies. According to one of the studies, when we focus on harmony in a music track, we experience a heightened level of activity in the auditory areas of our right temporal lobe.

Other studies have found that temporal lobe is one of the main areas of the brain that understand some musical features. However, this region of the brain works with the frontal lobe that forms meaningful syntax of music.

Researchers have also done some studies to find out how we react to music emotionally.

At McGill College, my friend conducted an experiment was done in which brain scans were carried out to find out why we have goosebumps when we listen to great music. The study found that the brain activates certain areas of the brain when we eat food, have sex or take drugs, and the same regions got activated while the subjects listened to music. This friend now owns a carpet cleaning company in Calgary and he always listens to his music while working. 

In your brain, blood flow increases and decreases in response to the change in music, and this results in goosebumps.

For the survival of an organism, two things are really important: food and sex. The same type of neural activity happens in response to music. This suggests that this is something in our genes that makes us feel good when we listen to a good tune.

How Music makes Your Workouts More Enjoyable

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Don’t you like to go to the gym? According to a new study, there is a way to make your exercises more fun: just listen to your favorite tracks.

Researchers found that listening to music while you are working out can’t help you focus better, but it does make your workouts much more fun.

The research study was done at the Brunel University London, and, Marcelo Bigliassi, the study co-author made the conclusion based on the EEG technology to measure the response of the human brain while listening to music and doing workouts at the same time.

Recently, the researchers published their findings in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, which is a popular journal.

There is no doubt that music can trigger emotional responses as many research studies have been done to support this claim. Listening to your favorite song can make you angry, motivated, empowered, sad, or happy. That’s why some people listen to their favorite songs when they go for a run.

In other research studies, researchers found that music caused a rise in the enjoyed level by 28% while the participants were having a walk. Actually, this happens when the beta waves rise in the frontal as well as the frontal-central areas of the brain’s cerebral cortex.

This proved that music has something in it that gives a boost to the beta waves and leads to a positive state of emotions. Exercisers can benefit from this approach while they are doing their routine workouts. I had a friend who had become depressed as he had lost his job and wasn’t even looking for work. He started to exercise as a recommendation from his doctor and then completely became a different person. He ended up thriving and now has a job with a good company. He is much happier and attributes it to working out while listening to music. 

According to Health.gov, all Americans should perform aerobic exercises for at least 75 minutes per week. This includes intense exercises, but if someone can’t do intensive exercises, they can opt for 150 minutes of moderately intense aerobic activities each week.

Unfortunately, only 50% of the citizens in American follow these guidelines, reveals a report from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC).

So, listening to music can make your workouts much more enjoyable for you, and you will be less likely to skip your routine workouts.

Music Is An All-Natural Therapy For Those Who Find it Hard To Fall Asleep

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Lullabies are not designed for babies only; they work well for adults as well. It’s ok to listen to your favorite tunes before bed. In fact, experts encourage that you play your favorite tracks and use them as a relaxation technique.

According to many studies, bedtime listening can be of great help if you have a sleep disorder. Songs boost your sleep quality; however, you can’t see the benefits overnight. You may have to wait for a few weeks at least, but the important thing is listening to quality music does pay off. You can fall asleep a lot faster and get up with a fresh mind in the morning. No matter what your age is, music can help you.

There is no evidence to strengthen the claim, but music does help you relax by releasing certain chemicals in the brain that make you feel good. Aside from this, if you listen to relaxing music, it may reduce your heart rate, in addition, to slow down your breathing.

If you want to try it yourself, go ahead and listen to some soothing songs, especially those that feature a slow rhythm. According to Spotify, Ed Sheeran, a British singer is currently the most popular artist, and his songs are the best to snooze to.

Also, familiar songs are more likely to work for you. The same is true about folk, jazz, and classical music. You should try out different types of music to see which type works better for you. If you have no idea how many BPS a certain song maybe, you can find out by typing the song title along with the artist name into songbpm.com.

So, if you don’t listen to music, now is the time to give it a go, especially if you are one of those people who find it really hard to fall asleep. Without enough sleep, you can’t focus when doing your routine tasks at home or office.

 

7 Amazing Benefits Of Listening To Music

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Do you know what happens when you hit that Play button?

Music can take you back in time and set your mood for a relaxed evening. Besides, without music, no party is a party. Music can also make a positive impact on your life. There are a host of reasons why you should listen to your favorite tracks in your spare time. Below are 7 benefits of listening to music.

Music relieves anxiety

According to studies, music can help you reduce the symptoms of stress and depression. Some researchers even say that songs can help you reduce your anxiety by as much as 65%. In other words, it can work like medicine for your mind.

It can put you in a good mood.

Many research studies concluded that music could put you in good mood reducing your feelings of sadness.

It can help you heal.

Music can induce positive emotions. In a study done in 2014, a few participants experienced a higher level of empathy when they listened to sad songs.

Music can be motivating during a workout.

If you want to get the most out of your workouts, listening to music can help. Many research studies concluded that music could help you boost your workout. While you are listening to your favorite songs, you will run faster.

It can improve your sleep.

In a study done in 2008, researchers discovered that listening to music, especially classical music can help you deal with your insomnia symptoms. Other studies suggest that music can help you sleep better.

It’s a major performance enhancer.

If you have a big project to work on, listen to your favorite tunes. According to many studies, background music can help you boost your cognitive performance so you can do better on academic tests.

So, are you looking for your headphones now? I hope so.