The Effects of Music

Patrick Hyatt, Staff Writer

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by Patrick Hyatt

Music is one of the most influential components in our lives. People listen to music everyday, and everywhere, yet no one really knows what it does to us. We listen to music when we study, relax, exercise, or do any other daily activities. When we listen to music, it affects many parts of our brain. It affects our auditory cortex, sensory, motor cortex, and much more. This is why we tap our feet or fingers when we listen to music.

As much as our physical traits are affected, so are our emotions. There are two kinds of emotions that are related to music: perceived emotions and felt emotions. Perceived emotions are what we get from a song, and felt emotions are what we feel when we listen to the song. This is why we can relate to songs we listen to, and why we can connect to our favorite songs.

There are many benefits to listening to music. According to the University of Central Florida, music can change your ability to perceive time, tap into primal fear, reduce seizures, make you a better communicator, make you stronger, boost your immune system, assist in repairing brain damage, make you smarter, evoke memories, and help Parkinson’s patients.

However, there has been a common misconception about which music is best for you. Many say that classical music is better for you. That is called the Mozart Effect. The Mozart Effect is a theory that listening to classical music will make you smarter, but there is no solid evidence to back this up.

Your brain’s gray matter likes the same music you do, therefore lighting up different parts of the brain to the music you like. Music is one of the most beneficial elements of our life, and can improve our happiness and health a lot.