Just last night we came across an awesome infographic in Popular Science about music's effect on the brain. To the fine infographic creators at University of Florida's School of Music: mission accomplished. We spent all night totally obsessed with research on what music does to (and for) your dome. Here are a few interesting discoveries from around the web:
No. 1: Your favorite song really is better than drugs.
Medical patients about to undergo surgery who listened to music had less anxiety and lower levels of stress hormone cortisol than people who took anti-anxiety drugs. (CNN)
No. 2: I will remember you, and you will remember me ... as long as the music was playing.
Music stimulates many areas of the brain linked to memory, especially the Hippocampus – the district that governs long-term memory. By treating your ears to familiar music, feelings and emotions related to the tunes are reincarnated by the hippocampus. (Examined Existence)
No. 3: Shiny happy people holding hands ... are probably listening to happy music.
As little as 15 seconds of music can change the way you judge the emotions on other people’s faces. One study found that a quick blast of happy music made participants perceive other’s faces as happier. The same was true for sad music. In other words: people projected the mood of the music they were listening to onto other people’s faces. (PsyBlog)
No. 4: Music makes you move it, move it.
Scientists suggest one reason music is so effective at enhancing exercise is that your body intuitively matches movement to the beat. In fact, these scientists recommend matching the beats-per-minute (BPM) of your your desired heart rate with BPM of your soundtrack for optimal results. (WebMD)
No. 5: Pump up the jams and pump up creativity.
Not only does music stimulate creativity, but music can help contribute to the development of a more creative minds. But don’t take our word for it – Eistein famously turned to music to help with his creative process. (Huffington Post)
Now go on, turn it up, and become a happy, fit, motivated, pain-free, creative genius with the memory of an elephant.