12 Facts about Music and How They Affect The Human Brain Will Amaze You

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9What is a musical earworm?

You might have experienced the situation of a song playing over and over again in your mind and you just can’t get it out of your head for days. This is called an earworm which is also known as a cognitive itch on your brain and it is an obsessive need for the brain to fill in the gaps of a song’s rhythm. This is due to the workings of the auditory cortex that automatically attempts to fill in the rhythm of a song and which will keep playing in your head long after it is finished.

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10Music is sometimes prescribed to Parkinson’s and stroke patients

Musical therapy is not a recent one and has been around for ages. Music organizes movement of the neural network. The part of the brain responsible for processing movement also overlaps speech networks and these are the two major obstacles that affect motor skills, speech, and movement in people with such conditions. Music helps overcome difficulties in these areas.

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11Music can improve motor and learning skills

Studies found that children learning music for three years or more showed improved performances in motor skills and the ability of discrimination. In comparison to those with no musical training, they also tested higher in vocabulary and reasoning skills.

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12Music triggered activity in the areas of the brain that released dopamine

During any pleasure activity dopamine is released from the nucleus accumbens of the brain which is a small part that is affected by music. Also affected is the amygdala, which is the portion of the brain that is used in processing emotions associated with music.

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