Why Humans Love Music
It isn’t clear why we love music, but there are several theories. Researchers at McGill University, Canada, studied the neural mechanisms of goosebumps, which are triggered by musical timbres. The same brain regions that are triggered by other euphoric stimuli were also activated by goosebumps. These findings demonstrate that human beings enjoy music for its ability to bring positive emotions. But why is it that we like music?
Scientists believe that musical pleasure is the result of communication between brain circuits, without any biological benefit. The similarities between music and brain reward circuits have been observed in neuroimaging studies, but these studies were purely correlational. In order to nail down the causal role of circuitry, Mas-Herrero et al. induced a high-intensity stimulus in the listeners’ brains.
The brain is a complex system and is responsible for much of human behavior. In the brain, the release of dopamine causes a surge of dopamine. This chemical is released when we feel happy and in other instances when we engage in sexual activity. The same chemical is released when we hear music, making it an addictive substance. But even if our music addiction is caused by addiction, it does not mean that we should be completely depressed.
Research has shown that music has several benefits. The physical benefit of listening to music can enhance our physical performance. It can even help animals, such as cows. Slow-moving music stimulates milk production. With modern technology, we can take advantage of these benefits. It is available on virtually any device. That means we can listen to music wherever we go. That’s why we have become so accustomed to listening to it.