Why Humans Love Music – Could It Be The Way We Choose?
For a long time we have been aware of the importance of listening to music: we love it when we are reading, having a conversation, enjoying a walk in the park or enjoying a day at the beach. But what has been less known is that music can play an important role in enhancing brain function. In fact, music may be more important to our brains than exercise or diet. The reason is that music activates brain receptors which then send positive signals to the brain, allowing us to remember and execute better.
Research has shown that listening to music has a direct impact on brainwaves, allowing people to remember information better and process new information faster. The reason is that music activates brain pathways that have previously been inactive, allowing the brain to access previously stored memory and information more easily. Music also helps our brains develop new connections and pump up productivity – a lot like studying a new language or getting engrossed in a book. This is because music uses a number of cortical cells – small, dense neurons that make up the majority of the brain’s processing power and which respond to stimuli such as sight, sound, touch and movement.
These studies have revealed that listening to instrumental music can help our brains process auditory information more effectively and in a quicker and more relaxed manner. This means that even those who are not very good at music can learn to enjoy it without having to take up guitar lessons. The studies suggest that the benefits go further than just helping the brain learn to process information; they also suggest that people who love music may have a higher IQ, better hand-eye coordination and improved mental function, all of which means that they could be less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or experience stress. All of this suggests that why humans love music may have a lot more to do with how good their brains are functioning than how much they listen to it.