How Music Affects The Human Brain

Music can help the brain of musicians

Scientists have found music trains the brain for higher levels of thinking. The information being studied activates the left brain while the music activates the right brain. Activities which engages both sides of the brain at the same time, such as playing an instrument, causes the brain to be more capable of processing information.

Music connects and develops the motor systems of the brain, and enhances coordination, concentration and memory. In a recent study at the University of California, it was found that music increases spatial-temporal reasoning — the reasoning used in learning higher forms of math and science.

High school students who study music have higher grade point averages than those who don’t.

Music heals you, as well as kills you

Music has been known to heal the mental and physical body.

Music has been used as a therapy for seizures, lowering blood pressure, treat ADD children, treat mental illness, treat depression, aid in healing, treat stress and insomnia.

Musicologist, Julius Portnoy, found that music can change metabolic rates, increase or decrease blood pressure, effect energy levels, and also digestion.

Music has also been documented to cause sicknesses.

The right, or wrong music, rather, can be like a poison to the body.

In the book, Elevator Music, by Joseph Lanza, it states that music, over prolonged periods of time, under certain conditions, were shown to cause seizures and heart attacks.

Music can affect your mood

People use music as mood regulation to motivate them.

When music hits our eardrums, part of the signal flows up toward the motor cortex and creates a connection.

Sound vibrations acting upon and through the nervous system give shocks in rhythmical sequence to the muscles, which cause them to contract and set arms and hands, legs and feet in motion.

The emotional effects of music are believed to synchronize the brain cells and nerve pathways.

Music is `heard’ in a portion of the brain, which receives the stimuli of emotion, sensation and feelings.

It enters by the way of the thalamus, which is a relay station of all the emotion, sensation and feelings.


Muhammad Naveed Rahmat



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