Why Humans Love Music And How It Affects Our Brain
People of all ages love music, especially young children who have no concept of the complexities of music and its underlying structure. Studies have shown that the enjoyment people get from music transcends both ability and interest. Some people love music because they relate it to feelings, others to moods, others to occupations and others to things like the seasons or the stars. There is a lot of speculation as to why humans like certain types of music more than others. One of the most widely accepted theories is that humans respond to the ‘love hormone’, which is called dopamine.
It has been said that the purpose of dopamine in our bodies is to tell us when we are happy or sad. Dopamine levels peak when we are happy, and then fall back to normal when we are sad or angry. However, this theory has not been completely substantiated, and there is a lot of dispute as to whether or not it even makes sense to make this correlation. Other scientists believe that a complex understanding of the human brain would be able to prove that there is a relationship between dopamine and the way that we love music, and how people feel about it.
There is a possibility that we are indeed responding to some level of emotion when we hear an audio track, whether we realize it or not. When you listen to an audio track and you are not in tune with it, your brain registers this as a negative event, and you may interpret that as a reason for why you are angry. On the other hand, when you are in tune with the track, and actually ‘feel’ the emotions conveyed by the music, your brain registers that as positive stimulation, and you enjoy the track, the music that you are hearing. This allows you to enjoy the experience of the music without having to directly perceive or experience the emotions associated with it. Thus, this science seems to suggest a rather confusing and hazy relationship between music and the human brain, but it has been used to shed light on some of the mysteries behind music, and may even be able to provide a clearer explanation as to why people enjoy listening to music so much.