The Greatness of Music


| 5 Comments

Music is a universally enjoyed part of life throughout the majority of cultures.  Now each culture may have a vastly different sound or idea of music but they are all music none the less.  Not only is music observed throughout the majority of cultures but it has been predated back to the prehistoric times.  The discovery of flutes made of bones has been found near numerous sites where cave art has been observed.    It is wild to think that since there have been humans there has been music.  It makes one think that music must provide something positive or beneficial to us other than just sounding good.

Most of us understand the affect that music can put on our mood.  Fresh from a break up, you start to truly listen to love songs and can't help but to listen to them constantly.  I've been there and done that, not saying it is positive thing because it just seems to keep a person in a nostalgic depressed state.  Also, a party is not quite a party unless you're jamming out to some tasty jams (translation: good music).  But this all left me wondering what is the science behind this affect music has on our brain.

Scientific studies have shown that music helps not only mental health but also physical health.  Studies have shown that listening to music can help increase immunoglobulin A.  This antibody is synonymous with fighting germs and bacteria invading the body.  Another study showed surprising facts about listening to exciting music.  The study showed it was comparable to eating or sex in the dopamine release.  Just the listening or even the anticipation would increase these levels.  The Mayo Clinic even has a list of eleven ways that music helps the body physically and mentally.  Some of these include protecting an aging brain, helping retain memories, soothes pain, and helps the health of your heart.

I loved listening to music prior to researching this and now I know my body is also a big fan of the whole thing.  I feel it makes Bob Marley's famous quote more literal than maybe even he thought.

https://www.friendburst.com/file/pic/photo/2011/02/bluecol-celebrity-image-bob-marley-quote-331686-331687.jpg



5 Comments

I appreciate your post. Music is a big part of my life too. I've been playing the guitar for about 6 years. I'm a big fan of acoustic guitars, but I pick up the electric every so often. It's interesting what music can do to one's mental and physical state. It makes me want to never stop listening. Thanks for the information. Who's your favorite artist/band?

I'm sure this will still count towards one comment, but I just wanted to post a link to one of my favorite guitar guitar sites.

As someone who listens pretty exclusively to what I would classify as "exciting" music, I find it interesting that dopamine levels when listening to it are comparable to those of sex. That's interesting information.

Some of the money raised by 'THON and the Four Diamonds fund goes to music therapy sessions for the pediatric cancer patients at Hershey Medical Center, too! It's to help them forget their pain, and it's successful. Music's physiological effects on humans really are fascinating.

As someone who listens pretty exclusively to what I would classify as "exciting" music, I find it interesting that dopamine levels when listening to it are comparable to those of sex. That's interesting information.

Some of the money raised by 'THON and the Four Diamonds fund goes to music therapy sessions for the pediatric cancer patients at Hershey Medical Center, too! It's to help them forget their pain, and it's successful. Music's physiological effects on humans really are fascinating.

My favorite artist at the moment would probably have to be Kanye West despite his brash personality. But I listen to quite a variety of music and one of my favorite bands from the past ten years would have to be Audioslave. Also, I didn't know that some of the money raised in THON went to music therapy. That is really a great thing that I'm sure really helps though patients a lot

Leave a comment

Subscribe to receive notifications of follow up comments via email.
We are processing your request. If you don't see any confirmation within 30 seconds, please reload your page.

Search This Blog

Full Text  Tag

Recent Entries

Immortality
A very big topic in science today is if we can one day achieve immortality. According to some of…
Life after death
I'm sure you have heard stories of people on their death bed who have come back to life after…
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?
We have all heard the expression, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." My question is, does eating…

Old Contributions