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10 Positive Facts About Music

posted on 05/01/2016

Music is all around us and it can be utilised by anyone, for any purpose. People listen to music for their own personal pleasure. Some listen to it to relax, some listen to music to be motivated. Businesses also use music, whether it's being used in a store as background music to relax and ease customers, or in an advert to inspire and motivate an audience. It can also be used in narrative content to invoke emotions and generate a response from the listener. The power and effect of music is huge. Below are 10 positive facts about music and how it effects people:

1. Listening to music helps you exercise and improve your workout.

Rather than make you workout harder, music has a diversionary technique that takes your mind off being tired and fatigued, and makes you feel more positive and motivated to continue working out. It can also stimulate and provide pleasure so that you enjoy yourself at that moment. Source

2. Music can create memories and an emotional attachment to an event in your life.

Your brain can associate music with specific moments in your life and create a bond that when you hear the same music again, you remember your feelings at the time of the event when you heard the music. This is why we all have 'that song' which reminds us of a past relationship or loved one. Source

3. Music can trigger a release of Dopamine in the body, the "pleasure chemical".

Music can make you feel really good, thanks to the release of Dopamine from the nucleus accumbens part of brain as a result of listening to music. Dopamine is known as a 'feel good drug' and can be quite addictive. It also affects the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes emotion. Source

4. The type of music you listen to can influence your perception.

As mentioned previously, music affects the amygdala part of the brain, responsible for processing emotion. This means sad and depressing music can make you feel sad and depressed just as happy, positive and uplifting music can make you feel happy and positive. Source

5. The brain responds to music the way same it does to food and pleasure.

Music can have a similar 'release' feeling as experienced with having sex or eating specific foods. During sex Dopamine is released which makes us feel almost euphoric, happy and fulfilled. Chocolate also has this effect because it causes a neural reaction to release Dopamine. Music can also trigger a release of Dopamine which is why you feel a chill when listening to some music as your body is anticipating the peak in a track. Source

6. Your heartbeat changes to match the music you're listening to.

Music is known to calm and offer relaxing feelings. Listening to relaxing music can help get you into a relaxed mood, reduce stress and help you feel better. Source

7. Music can keep babies calm twice as long as speech.

Similar to the previous point, the reason we have lullabies is because music/songs are more calming to a baby than plain words and help them sleep. A child is more likely to calm down and remain calm when listening to music or a song, rather than plain speech. Source

8. Music can utilize a high amount of brain activity.

A study using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) found that music activates and uses more regions of the brain than many other activities. This means that music can affect or stimulate a variety of responses including emotional creative and motor function, from the brain. Source

9. Music is used in therapy.

Because of the increased brain activity created by listening to music, it is widely used in therapy for conditions including victims of stroke and Parkinson's disease. It can help with speech and movement. Source

10. Learning a musical instrument can improve fine motor and reasoning skills.

Studies have shown that children with three or more years music training with an instrument possessed improved fine motor skills and auditory discrimination (the ability to identify different sounds). Source Music Library specialises in providing the right music for the right project. Whether you're looking to invigorate, motivate and inspire an audience, or you want to provoke an emotion and engage people with an important message. Music is an incredibly powerful tool, and when used correctly, can give your project the perfect sound to communicate your message.

Contact us for help finding the right music for your project and we'll make sure you get the perfect soundtrack.

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