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Music on the Brain

What changes in the brain or body? Does it really affect your brain? If so, what areas of the brain are affected specifically? Can music be used as a therapeutic tool?

“Without music, life would be a mistake” 

-Friedrich Nietzche

Can music really have an effect on the brain? The short answer is yes, it does. Research has shown that music can influence your mood, reduce pain, reduce stress, and improve memory in patients with brain injuries and those who suffer from Parkinson’s and epilepsy.

Music as a Therapeutic Tool for the Brain:

Music has a huge potential as a therapeutic tool, research has shown that different parts of the brain are engaged when music and sounds are heard and processed in the brain. To learn more about music and its therapeutic forms, follow the link to a scholarly journal.

A Breakdown of the Brain:

Frontal Lobe: The frontal lobe is responsible for the thinking and decision-making of the brain. When you listen to music studies have shown that it actually enhances the frontal lobes functions. 

Temporal Lobe: The Temporal Lobe is the part of the brain that processes what our ears listen. An interesting fact about how music and language are interpreted in the brain. Language is interpreted in the left side of the brain hemisphere while music is interpreted in the right side.

Broca’s Region: The region called Broca’s area is responsible for the production of speech, this part of the brain is actually used to express music.

Wernicke’s Area: Wernicke’s area is responsible for the comprehension of written and spoken language. This part of the brain is used to analyze and enjoy music

Occipital Lobe: The Occipital lobe is responsible for processing what our eyes are seeing. This is important to point out for those who read music and play an instrument.

The Cerebellum: The cerebellum is what controls the movement and physical memory. In Alzheimer’s patients their memory fades out but things like muscle memory remain, like playing an instrument. 

Nucleus Accumbens: The nucleus accumbens controls the reward center of the brain. In layman’s terms when we enjoy music the neurotransmitter dopamine is released and creates a sense of pleasure.

Amygdala: The Amygdala processes and triggers emotions. Music can create different sentiments like pleasure, sadness, fear, and more. When we hear music that gives us “a chill” the amygdala is engaged in the brain.

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