Why Humans Love Music

Why Humans Love Music

Why Humans Love Music

Scientists are still puzzled over why humans enjoy music so much. There are many kinds of pleasing stimuli, but music elicits different responses in the brain. Researchers have discovered a circuit in the brain that activates pleasure centers during musical listening. They are also particularly sensitive to moods and attitudes, so listening to music causes brain activity in these areas. But how does this affect our feelings? It’s unclear. But some research suggests that listening to music is a form of self-expression.

The study was conducted by McGill University and involved a total of 217 subjects. Then they were narrowed down to eight participants. All participants responded the same way, regardless of the environment in which they were listening. They were also tested to determine their level of empathy before and after the experiment. The results show that the same brain regions that govern human emotion and reward are activated by music. People with a higher level of empathy are also more likely to experience the same reactions as those who are less sensitive.

Research from McGill University also supports this theory. The researchers used fMRI and PET techniques to assess participants’ brain activity while they listened to music. They then recorded the response of the participants. While they were undergoing the procedure, the researchers were able to assess the extent to which the music had an emotional effect on them. After the study, the researchers concluded that listening to music is a natural form of human communication.