Do you know about the effects of music on the brain? Well, music has always played a major role in all human cultures, both ancient and modern. However, today, advances in modern neuroscience allow scientists to measure how music actually affects the brain, in terms of how it affects memory, emotion, and creativity. There are various studies conducted on the effects of music and how they affect the human brain. Scientists have also been able to determine how music influences our brainwave patterns, which in turn affects our cognitive abilities. In fact, research on music has actually found out that music can actually affect the way we think and our behavior. So, if music is influencing our behavior, then wouldn’t it follow that it would also affect our brains and memories?
In terms of brain waves, music has indeed proved to have an effect on the brain. One study showed that listening to music could actually increase the frequency of our brainwaves. This increased frequency could be attributed to the music that was played. Other studies have revealed that the sounds in music could stimulate the activity of the frontal cortex of the brain and this in turn influenced the processing of information. The music that was played repetitively also stimulated the brainwaves of participants in the experiment. Furthermore, a study that was conducted on monkeys had revealed that repetitive playing of musical stimuli could increase the number of neurons in the hippocampus and this resulted in an increase in the density of these neurons. This means that repeated exposure to music, especially music with rhythmic beats, could improve the memory of the monkeys.
Another study had found that the brainwave patterns could actually alter when a person was exposed to music. Specifically, theta waves were believed to decrease when listening to certain kinds of music. In other words, certain types of music could actually decrease theta waves. This study also revealed that people who were more sensitive to sounds had more activity in their amygdala, a part of the brain that plays a major role in emotion and memory. This means that individuals who have a stronger response to sounds tend to have better memories than others. Other studies have shown that theta waves could also influence a person’s emotional responses.