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This is what happens to your brain when you listen to music @ 2:31 pm
On Sep 09, 2016
Ever wondered what happens to your brain when you listen to music? The way the brain intepretes music is quite complex but really astonishing at the same time. There are some things of note that happens in our head when we plug in that earphones and listening to our favorite songs.
1. YOU ARE MORE CREATIVE WHEN YOU LISTEN TO AMBIENT NOISE: Medium level noise music can get our creativity really high more than low noise music. When you are thinking of that next creative idea, you’d realize that it gets easier if you were blasting one of your favorite songs on the stereo and nodding gently, you’d agree with me that instead of the music being distracting it’s quite helpful
The way this works is that moderate noise levels increase processing difficulty which promotes abstract processing, leading to higher creativity. In other words, when we struggle (just enough) to process things as we normally would, we resort to more creative approaches.
In high noise levels, however, our creative thinking is impaired because we’re overwhelmed and struggle to process information efficiently.
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This is very similar to how temperature and lighting can affect our productivity, where paradoxically a slightly more crowded place can be beneficial.
2. SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE SONGS PLAYLIST AND I’D TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE: The kind of music that you listen to, goes a long way to determine your personality traits. Someone who is all romantic and cuddly towards people probably has a lot of songs that influences this personality traits.
The study used five personality traits for the test: openness to experience, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and emotional stability.
Interestingly, some traits were more accurately predicted based on the person’s listening habits than others. For instance, openness to experience, extraversion, and emotional stability were the easiest to guess correctly. Conscientiousness, on the other hand, wasn’t obvious based on musical taste.
Here is also a break-down of how the different genres correspond to our personality, according to a study conducted at Heriot-Watt University:
People who listen to BLUES have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
People who listen to JAZZ have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
People who listen to CLASSICAL MUSIC
have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
People who listen to RAP MUSIC Have high self-esteem and are out going
People who listen to OPERA MUSIC Have high self esteem, are creative and gentle
People who listen to COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC are outgoing and hardworking
People who listen to REGGAE have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
People who listen to INDIE have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
People who listen to ROCK AND HEAVY METAL Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
;But of course generalizing people through this studies alone would be going overboard.
3. MUSIC TRAINING GAN IMPROVE OUR MOTOR AND SENSE OF REASONING: Ever wondered why kids who had adequate music training from childhood seems to be smarter and reason better than kids that did not?
children who had three years or more musical instrument training performed better than those who didn’t learn an instrument in auditory discrimination abilities and fine motor skills..
These two areas in particular are quite removed from musical training as we imagine it, so it’s fascinating to see how learning to play an instrument can help kids develop such a wide variety of important skills.
Similar research shows this correlation for exercise and motor skills in the same way, which is also fascinating.
4. MUSIC HELPS US EXERCISE BETTER: Many times we feel the pump to push that bar bell more or cycle faster when we have our ear phones plugged into our ears and we are listening to fine music. Why?
This happens because listening to music can drown out our brain’s cries of fatigue. As our body realizes we’re tired and wants to stop exercising, it sends signals to the brain to stop for a break. Listening to music competes for our brain’s attention, and can help us to override those signals of fatigue, though this is mostly beneficial for low- and moderate-intensity exercise. During high-intensity exercise, music isn’t as powerful at pulling our brain’s attention away from the pain of the workout.
Also listening to music while working out helps us conserve oxygen as our brain becomes more focused on the music than on the workout. Research shows that cyclists who cycled while listening to music tend to preserve more energy and oxygen: precisely 7% more than cyclists who cycled in silence.
Music is really helpful to us as human beings and the world would have been quite an empty place without music. Ever seen any advert without a background music? That’s how important music is.
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