“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” ? Keith Richards
The study on neuroscience and music is evolving considerably where it is indicated that music can instrumentally change and engage the brain pattern. The question here arises whether music can trigger an emotional response, and if yes then how is it possible. For instance, a certain genre of music can evoke emotions of love and compassion while the other can sedate your mind.
According to a professor of music cognition at Durham University, he stated, “The results help us to pinpoint the ways people regulate their mood with the help of music, as well as how music rehabilitation and music therapy might tap into these processes of comfort, relief, and enjoyment.”
In this article, we will discuss how music affects moods, brain, and cognition. By understanding how music engages the brain, we can easily understand how musical programs can enhance and target certain brain functions.
Music elevates emotion
Depending on the type of genre you like or a specific song that has become your ultimate favorite, it will elevate your mood no matter what. For instance, if you are going through a tough day and you put on a sad record on your phone – you are bound to feel down. This is where music plays a major role. During a rough patch, listen to music that makes you feel good. It could be fast or slow, but not sad! You will see how quickly your mood changes. This is because music has the potential to ‘stimulate’ emotions with the help of brain circuits.
Music improves your attention
Have you ever listened to a song that captivates your attention and entices your mind? Music is the right tool that engages the mind and entices the soul of a human being.
Music enhances memory
Ever associated something special with music? Let’s say a special occasion or a say day with a song – music is known for enhancing memories. How? You might have listened to a particular music or a song somewhere and whenever it is playing, you would remember the incident where you heard it first or if it was something special. Similarly, it also evokes emotional responses that helps you connect with other people with deep memories.