Our Brain and Music

Professor Robert Zatorre and his colleages from The Montreal Neurological Institute have proven that when a person listens to music which provokes strong emotions, perceptible changes occur in the brain areas related to encouragement, motivation and the formation of expectations which can bring pleasure. Previous information about sounds and music are stored in our brain.  Our music preferences depend on our associations linked with previously listened musical compositions.  When we listen to a new musical opus, pattern recognition occurs in the auditory part of the brain.  This area of the brain interacts with other parts which are responsible for forecasting and formatting emotions.  This joint activation allows us to perceive music as a source of aesthetic and intellectual pleasure. In addition, the team of researchers think that it is possible to predict what kind of music may give us positive emotions.  The more the region of the brain associated with the anticipation of enjoyment is activated, the greater the emotional impact the audio can have.

Moreover, the scientists have proven that music improves memory and reduces pain.  In addition, Michael Miller, the head of the Cardiology Center at the University of Maryland, has found that listening to joyful music leads to the normalization of blood flow, and as a result, to the strengthening  of blood vessels.

Hence, It is very unequivocally valuable for everyone to listen to pleasant music. Source:


Svetlana Stroganova, Nikolai Shmelev

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