Music is very important for the human beings and in some cases for animals. Listening of music can affect our mood making us more satisfied with our life, and it can bring us happiness and joy. Listening to music changes us all in daily life and thus offering great excitement and pleasure in life. However, the effect of music is different for every person and that depends on the personality, social environment, but also on specific characteristics of the brain structure.
As per a performed experiment by Dr. Valorie Salimpoor who is a neuroscientist at McGill University, listening to music can cause our body to produce considerable amounts of dopamine thus offering the feeling of well-being, happiness and joy.
How we react to music can reveal a lot about ourselves
Regarding this issue Mattew Sachs, an undergraduate student at Harvard University, performed an experiment on how people react on music and why it is different for every person. Therefore, he examined 20 students who were supposed to listen a particular piece of music. Ten students reported experiencing chills while listening to music and the others did not experience any specific sensation.
In further research he has come to the following conclusion that people who were emotionally and physically attached to the music had a divergent brain cell structure when compared to the one who did not really react to the music listening session. The scientific conclusion was that these 10 students who experienced chills while listening to music had more fibers present in their brain cells than for the other involved students. This presence of fiber allows the cells to communicate better with each other.
These fibers serve as connection of the various parts of the brain, which are accountable for the emotions and the auditory cortex and because of that there is a higher emotional sensitivity in these people. When a person has more brain fibers the information is transported with greater efficacy between different areas of the brain, and those ones who experienced chills while listening to music are more sensitive but also more receptive. Moreover, these sensations come from memories which are being related to a specific song.
This study is done on a very small scale, but nonetheless it emphasizes the difference in brain structures that people can have, which on the other hand can directly affect their reaction to certain things around them.
Mattew Sachs is continuing his research on this neurological activity and also on the potential treatments that can put an end to psychological and mental disorders.
The use of music against depression
Dr. Hans Joachim Trappe in Germany conducted a study on the influence of music in people suffering from depression. He reported that listening to music can have positive impacts on this mental disease, but it really depended on the type of music. For instance, patients that listened classical or meditative music experienced an improvement in mood, however listening to “heavy metal” or the “techno” offered completely different sensations.
Music can reduce appetite
According to a study performed by Georgia Tech University eating in an environment with soft lighting and soft music can lower our appetite, resulting in less intake of calories, but at the same time the food that we consume even though is less offers us great enjoyment.