MAR 24, 2019 6:00 PM PDT

The effect of music on your brain

Do you listen to music to help you calm down or focus or pump yourself up? You're not alone! Studies show that listening to music can boost your creativity and productivity and can even help you perform better in high-stress situations. One example of this is surgeons who listen to music while performing surgery in the operating room; another example is of professional athletes who listen to music before a big game.

Music also has the amazing ability to regulate our feelings, amping up our mood or allowing us to tap into sad emotions. That's because listening to music has been shown to increase the neurotransmitter dopamine, which activates the reward center in our brains, making us feel happy. It has also been shown to reduce chronic stress by lowering the stress hormone cortisol. Want to learn more about how music affects your brain? Watch the video!

About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
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