April 6, 2020
Quarantine took us from making one music mix a week to making about Five! Why? Well because we know it helps with human health and this is our effort to keep your minds right!
“You’re following these tunes and anticipating what’s going to come next and whether it’s going to confirm or surprise you, and all of these little cognitive nuances are what’s giving you this amazing pleasure,” said Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal.
Neuroscientists have tested the relationship between music and humans. They discovered that when you listen to music you release dopamine, a chemical involved with both motion, pleasure and addiction.
Studies have shown that music induced pleasure is linked to a surge in emotional arousal like changes in heart rate, pulse, and breathing rate. CRAZY! You can react to music like you do to movies or conversations, some give you chills and shivers while others make you cry and want to be close to someone. There is evidence that the blood flows to regions in the brain involved in dopamine release.
“It is amazing that we can release dopamine in anticipation of something abstract, complex and not concrete,” Salimpoor said. “This is the first study to show that dopamine can be released in response to an aesthetic stimulus.”
Aesthetics huh? Well that might also be why so many people are working on home improvements during quarantine. Why not listen to our latest mixes to get the most bang for your buck.
Why is it important? If music can make you happy and create a dopamine reaction, then it can also, create feelings of motivation, feelings of reward and pleasure which we could all use at the moment.
So this week as you listen to our newly released mixes, ensure you pay attention to those pleasure responses on a note-by-note basis.
For more information visit: https://www.seeker.com/why-music-makes-you-happy-1765157098.html
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