It’s no secret that music can greatly alter your mood. You can instantly go from feeling down and cranky to being happy when you listen to nice upbeat songs. You may be wondering why this happens, and so did we. Here is how music affects us physically according to science.
Music can repair brain damage
Believe it or not, music can help someone who struggles with brain damage to heal themselves. Those who have damage on the left side of their brain and can no longer speak as a result are usually still able to sing even without training themselves to do so.
This is because language functions are managed by the left side of our brain, while the right side of the brain is responsible for singing. Melodic intonation therapy takes advantage of this fact. Over the course of this therapy, you simply sing until you can talk again. You are essentially training your brain to move the language function to the right side through music.
On top of that, a good way to help your brain function better, especially if you have undergone some damage before, is to listen to soothing music like classical songs and jazz to release more dopamine.
Music can boost the immune system
Listening to music regularly can help strengthen your immune system. Cortisol is a chemical in the brain that causes stress. Listening to classical, jazz, and soft rock music were found to be beneficial in lowering cortisol levels, effectively reducing stress as a result. Less stress is a lot better for the immune system. Not only that, but music also helps create more antibodies by raising your immune markers.
Music helps kick an addiction
Recovering drug addicts who are having a hard time with withdrawal symptoms can seek help in music. Listening and playing music can help relax a patient or allow for an outlet of any negative feelings and struggles. Music can also increase dopamine and norepinephrine, which are neurotransmitters that are responsible for making us feel happy and content.
It also helps lower the heart rate, blood pressure, and relieve tension, making you feel more relaxed.
Music can make you smarter
Believe it or not, music can make you smarter. Or at least increase your spatial reasoning. It is said that Mozart music, or any piano music, can make you smarter by helping you focus more on an activity or whatever you are studying.
Music helps you recall lost memories
Music is processed in an area in the brain called the hippocampus, which also happens to be a part of the region in our brain that deals with long term memories. So when you listen to music that you have heard, or better yet something that you have listened to countless of times before, feelings that are associated with this particular song are unlocked by the hippocampus, leading to the recovery of memories also associated with these feelings.