How Music May Affect Our Body
Why do humans love music, exactly? That’s a question that scientists are beginning to unravel with great interest. In fact, they’ve already started to look into this through the use of brain imaging technology. While they’re still in the early stages of understanding all of the intricate connections and processes involved, some research is showing promise that they may be able to use music as a tool to treat various disorders in human beings. One such disorder that they’re hoping to target with this study is that of the stress related disease known as stress.
The link between music and dopamine is actually one of the keys to understanding why people react so well to certain types of stimuli. When we listen to our favorite songs, or watch our favorite movies, we have a special chemical released in our brains that causes an elevated level of happiness. When the dopamine levels are high we feel happy, and when they are low we feel sad, excited, or even depressed (depending on which type of emotion we are feeling at the moment). For instance, when you listen to your favorite songs or watch your favorite movies there is a real world electrical signal going through your body that causes a flood of feelings in your brain.
By analyzing the reactions of people who have different diseases, researchers can begin to understand how music may affect our bodies. Music doesn’t have to be specifically about love and romance; it can have many different uses. We already know that different cultures have different tastes in music-some preferring classical music, for instance, while others would rather dance to a beat. Understanding more about the connections between dopamine and musical taste may help researchers discover how it may impact the overall well being of those who listen to or watch certain types of media.