How Music Helps 100% of Your Brain – Be More Amazing
There is growing evidence to suggest that listening to music helps your brain become totally activated. Scientists are excitedly exploring how the nervous system reacts to music.
And they’ve discovered that listening to music helps you form new pathways in your brain, encouraging personal growth, slowing down the aging process and speeding up repairs post injury.
Also… Music helps our society too in surprising ways.
Few Things Stimulate the Brain Like Music
Long have we known that musicians have better connected, more sensitive brains that are actually bigger than average. They have a superior working memory and, perhaps not surprisingly, better cognitive and auditory skills.
Now there is growing evidence to suggest that just listening to music helps your brain become totally activated. This type of research has been given the name neuromusicologyand it’s all about exploring how the nervous system reacts to music.
In fact, you don’t even have to like the track being played to benefit from it.
Although, office workers who have control over what they listen to are more productive and creative than those who don’t.
Minds wander. But they are less likely to when distracted by music. And let’s not forget the hit of the ‘reward hormone’, dopamine, that your body’s getting from the song.
Creativity, contentment and productivity are not the only thing music offers the listener. Surgeons listen to music when operating as it lowers their stress levels, helping them work faster and more accurately. And children as young as 14 months become more helpful with music playing. I, for one, will be putting it on now at tidy up time!
We have seen examples of the synchronicity of music breeding togetherness and social cohesion throughout history – soldiers marching to war, slaves singing and youth group bands. Even today you need only open your door on a Thursday evening to hear thousands of people drawn together in keyworker support through rhythmic clapping, drum banging and pipe blowing.
But why does prosocial music breed less prejudice and lead to larger tips for staff in restaurants?
How the brain grows and compensates for injury
It’s all thanks to something called neuroplasticity. This is the brain’s ability to re-organise itself by forming new connections between brain cells throughout life. In fact, by keeping the brain active you can slow its ageing process.
Let’s not forget, music is vibration that you feel on your ear drum and then reassimilate into something you describe as music. It is structural… mathematical… your brain has a lot of computing to do to make sense of it all.
This increased stimulation allows the brain to create new pathways. Think of one brain cell of information as being A and another being B. There can be many different ways of getting from A to B. But you usually use only one.
People with severe brain injury can find personal memories through music. Then, in America, Congresswoman Giffords retrained her brain with music after a gunshot wound affected her language centre and left her barely able to speak.
Then that way is blocked, perhaps by an accident. To be able to do what you did before you need to find a new way between the cells. Music can be your map. Sometimes you may even find a route that was just as fast as the previous one.
How amazing is your brain?
Not only does listening to music give you a full brain workout. Music helps you be more creative, productive, kind and even more connected to the world around you.
And, thanks to a little miracle called neuroplasticity, listening to music helps you form new pathways in your brain and so encourages personal growth, slows down the aging process and speeds up the repairs post injury.
There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t listen to it every day. And get FREE tracks sent direct to your inbox.