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How music affects our amazing brains and emotions

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Music is a universal language, no matter who you are, where you come from, age, gender, religion or race – music probably plays a part in your life, and the affect on your brain is incredible.

I, for one, love music. It’s relaxing, is a great mood enhancer, and it’s one of those things where I lose track of time and don’t think of anything else = a great stress buster!

My little peeps love a boogie and soulful singing like no-one’s listening. Their range of music taste is extensive and eclectic, which I love. They listen to everything thing from MJ to ACDC, Pink, UB40 to classical, Lil Nas X and (yep… we couldn’t avoid it…) Frozen.

I’ve been doing a little research into how music affects our amazing brains and emotions, and it turns out there are many parts of the brain that are positively affected by listening to music.

Music is fundamentally mathematical, and as such, it uses patterns and is often predictable. That is partly why our brains love music so much, and how we recall melodies easier than lyrics.

Neuroscientists and psychologists have discovered how music affects our brains, including:

  • Music helps your brain to release dopamine, which makes you feel good
  • Improved brain functions such as memory, learning and auditory processing
  • Improve your communication
  • Boost immunity
  • Relieves stress
  • Reduces seizures
  • Changes your ability to perceive time
  • Makes you smarter!
  • Assists with Parkinson’s Disease.

Check out this very cool interactive article that explains in simple terms how music affects different areas of the brain.

The Infographic below from Ashford University gives a good overview of the affects of music on our amazing little brains:

So any time you can, crank up the volume and sing loudly a one of your favourite tunes.

Check out our ‘Positive’ list on Spotify to get you started, and feel free to collaborate by adding your favourite uplifting songs.

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