—Christian Slater, Staff Writer—
Music allows the body to engage and live in it’s own mind captivating environment free
from the outside world. Every song is emulating a story or poem that many can relate and use as a way to process, learn, and overcome. Coming from a musical background in choir, music simply touches me in a completely different way as I’ve developed more of an appreciation for the art form. Sometimes I even get goosebumps when the musicality makes me feel somewhat attached to the chords, beats, and rhythm. Music is an outlet for the listener to feel grounded in any situation. Some would even say that music is the only thing keeping them going on a day to day basis. Music can determine a person’s behavior and thoughts as well as their feelings. Some even say that listening to music helps the brain focus and sort through their thought process. The effect of music stimulation on the brain has been linked to certain behavioral changes, memory enhancements, and even the brain development of youth.
Behavioral changes can occur depending on what type of music the listener is exposing
themselves to and the atmosphere created as a result. For example, genres such as rock and rap create a stressed and powerful framework where the listener can let off some steam without lashing out in a problematic disruptive way. This is also a way for the listener to feel the mass energy and power through the beats more strenuous than that of say a country song. Music can be very beneficial for the listener as the brain can recognize different emotions within the rhythm and beats that are not directly linked with the particular genre. Each song displays a truly different embodiment and feeling. Our brain responds differently as a result of happy or sad music in relation to the facial expressions that out brain has associated with them.
Memory enhancement in relation to the attachment of musicality to an event from the past is common and may result in memories you never knew you’d remember. Music can bring back memories from the past that you’ve associated with a particular song.
Music generally results in a stronger memory as it provides a tether to your memories. The brain can recognize musicality as a pattern and ultimately create a sense of comfort and recognition in the future. Music can also establish stimulation in the brain as the listener studies that can benefit the listeners memory in the long run. Associating facts with a certain song allows the information to be held in close reserve memory and can be very helpful when taking a quiz or test.
Studies have shown an increase of brain development of young kids due to greater
activity in the brain produced as a result of musicality and it’s stimulation. To an extent, the music acts almost as an initial step in brain development and provides patterns and recognition practice for the listener almost like warm up to aid performance. The effect of music on the human lifestyle and the brain is beneficial in that it adds another dimension in which listeners can explore through feelings and the organic stimulants provided as a whole.