Why Humans Love Music
Scientists have been wondering for years whether we can understand the reason why we’re so emotionally connected to music. It’s true – music is the most powerful form of communication, but it’s also the most complex. The brain works in such a complicated way, it’s hard to put into words what makes us feel the way we do. But, new research suggests that there’s a very simple answer to the question – yes, we can.
Researchers at McGill University believe they’ve found the answer to this question. When humans listen to music that they find pleasing, the reward system in their brains is activated, releasing a chemical called dopamine. It’s no wonder that human beings are so drawn to music. This new discovery explains why people can’t resist the urge to play it whenever they want to. It makes sense, too.
Intense reactions to music correlate with reward and emotion brain regions. Intense emotional responses to music produce distinct dopamine releases. These pathways are connected to the reward system and the dopamine in the brain. Those with high empathy levels experience a greater sense of pleasure listening to music. This is why we can’t help but fall in love with songs that make us feel happy or sad. These songs can even affect our behavior, resulting in a more rewarding interaction with others.