“One good thing about music, is when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marley
There is nothing like hearing your favorite song come on the radio. You immediately turn the volume up, probably start singing, and your mind immediately goes to the memories this song invokes. Or the feeling when you see your favorite musician live.
Thousands of people in one place, singing their hearts out together in unison? It’s an amazing, exhilarating experience. Music can make us happy, sad, angry, melancholy, and every emotion in between. Music is good for your soul, but did you know that music is also great for your brain?
When we listen to music, the brain engages the areas involved with paying attention, making predictions, and memory. We are particularly affected when it’s music we recognize and love. Take, for example, a study conducted by Houston Methodist. They conducted a study on music’s effect on the brain. Subjects were placed in an MRI machine and were given different types of music to listen to. They were also given spoken word to listen to and finally a song of their own choosing to listen to. The researchers wanted to see how those experiences compared to each other. They discovered certain areas of the brain saw significant increase in blood flow and activity when they listened to music they had a strong personal connection to.
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Comparison imagery of patients’ brains when listening to music they’re not familiar with and music the subjects are familiar with, from a video by Houston Methodist.
According to a study done by Stanford University School of Medicine, music can provide valuable insights into how the brain organizes our world for us. In the study, scientists found that the brain is most active during short periods of silence between musical movements. This lends insight into how the brain organizes information for us in our daily lives.
The research team used music to figure out how the brain makes sense of the flow of information it receives in the real world—a process called event segmentation. When we receive information, the brain sorts that information into chunks by ascertaining what is a beginning, ending and boundaries between certain events. In the instance of this study, the researchers saw dynamic changes on MRI scans when the brain evolved in response to music phases in a symphony. When one movement was terminated and a brief pause followed, the ventral fronto-temporal network (responsible for language, emotion and memory) was activated. Then the dorsal fronto-parietal network (responsible for motor planning and imagery, mental rotation, spatial attention, and working memory) turned attention to changes going on in the music and updated working memory in the brain.
What does that mean for an average person? According to Dr. Jonathan Berger, co-author of the study, listening to music engages the brain over time and the process of listening to music is one way the brain sharpens its ability to sustain memory and attention and anticipate future events. Music can also benefit our physical and emotional health in many ways.
Help us meditate. Musical beats alter brainwave patterns which can mimic those that you have when you’re meditating. Read more below on how BrainTap’s use of holographic music and binaural beats helps produce this meditative effect easily and naturally.
There are many health benefits to listening to music of all kinds. BrainTap, the leader in enhanced meditation, recognized early on how important music would be to helping our clients achieve the results they’re looking for. We use 10-cycle holographic music in our audio sessions. This type of sonic technology produces a 360-degree sound environment to engage the brain and create a more receptive learning state so you can achieve the results you’re looking for.
No matter what type you listen to, be sure to include music in your everyday activities. Not only will you get a mood boost, but you’ll also encourage your brain to work harder, faster and stronger for you every day.
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