It turns out pople like music for the same reason they like eating or having sex: It makes the brain release a chemical (dopamine) that gives pleasure,” according to a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
Investigators “described brain-scanning experiments with eight volunteers who were chosen because they reliably felt chills from particular moments in some favorite pieces of music. That characteristic let the experimenters study how the brain handles both anticipation and arrival of a musical rush.”
The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported that “scans showed increased dopamine release when subjects listened to pleasurable music (as opposed to ‘neutral’ music).
So, enjoy your music. It has the potential to be highly healthy to your soul and your brain.
Here are some of my other blogs on music:
- Loud Music Causing More Teens to Lose Hearing, Experts Say
- Listening to Mozart Won’t Make Your Child Smarter
- Prolonged Use of MP3 Players Harms Hearing