Why Humans Love Music

Researchers have found that the brain responds to music in the same way regardless of the listening environment. People who enjoy music have higher empathy levels, and their responses to it correspond to regions in the reward system and emotions. The benefits of music are well documented, and they extend far beyond the enjoyment of a single song. In fact, it has been proven that people who love music are more optimistic, and tend to get into fewer arguments.

Why Humans Love Music

A study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that music has the ability to trigger the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for rewarding behavior. Dopamine is released in the brain when a person is happy and content. It also releases during sex and powerful drugs. It has the ability to evoke an emotional reaction, and this is one of the reasons why we love music so much. But it’s not just music that makes us happy.

Another study suggests that music can be a way to release dopamine, a hormone that can increase the feeling of well-being. In another study, researchers played pop music without dynamics. The results showed that the pieces without dynamics had no emotional resonance. The scientists concluded that the songs that contained dynamic variations were more enjoyable than the ones that were performed mechanically. While these results are promising, further studies are needed to confirm whether or not these effects are real.