There’s a big chance that music is involved in your everyday life and you’re not aware of how it affects your brain and body.
Or you might be aware but not sure exactly how.
We’re only going to scratch the surface in this entry, but the impact has a wide range and affects different areas of the brain as well. So let’s dive right into it.
- How We Read Neutral Faces is Affected By The Music We’re Listening To
We can usually tell if a piece of music has a happy or sad ambiance. This isn’t limited to how the music makes us feel, but also how our brain responds to happy or sad music.
A study showed that the interpretation of a neutral face by participants was affected by the music they listened to beforehand.
And it’s divided into two ways: perceived emotions and felt emotions.
What this means is that you can listen to a piece of music and understand the emotions of it without actually having them affect your own.
This explains how we can find enjoyment in sad music instead of feeling depressed when listening to it.
This is because we don’t really feel any threat or danger when we’re merely listening to music, unlike real life sadness.
- Music Can Enhance Creativity
When you’re doing creative work, loud music isn’t the best option.
In fact, ambient music with a moderate noise level is the perfect variation of music for doing creative work.
What it does, basically, is it increases processing difficulty which promotes abstract processing and thereby leads to higher creativity.
You can count on it to create your own meal instead of looking for comfort food recipes or to draw your own concept instead of looking for inspiration online.
In simpler words, when you slightly struggle to finish things as we normally would, we turn for more creative approaches.
- Music Choice Predicts The Personality
There’s an interesting study that picked up on the most common traits in people according to the kind of music they listen to. It was mostly tested on young adults.
The top ten favorite songs of someone can provide a lot of reliable predictions as to what personality traits they have.
The study included 5 personality traits: how open a person is to experiences, extra-version, agreeableness, emotional stability, and conscientiousness.
Some of these include how Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Soul, and Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, unlike Indie and Rock/heavy metal fans.
While Indie and Rock/Heavy are more creative than hard-working, Country and Chart pop fans are quite the worker bees.
Predictably, Dance, Jazz, and Chart pop fans are outgoing while Classical music fans are usually more introverted.
Of course, generalizing based on this study is tough, but the info seems to have solid evidence, and you get the idea.
- Learning a Musical Instrument Can Highly Enhance Motor and Reasoning Skills
A study showed that children who had three years or more of musical instrument training performed better in auditory discrimination abilities and fine motor skills than children who hadn’t learned a musical instrument.
These children also performed better on vocabulary tests and nonverbal reasoning skills that include a strong understanding and analysis of visual information.
In this sense, these children are better at being able to identify relationships, similarities, and differences between patterns and shapes
- Music Affects our Exercise
Just like silence doesn’t help get our creative juices flowing, it also doesn’t help us reach our full potential during exercise.
A lot of studies and research have been done to analyze the effects of music during exercise.
A study showed that when people listen to music, their sense of fatigue is delayed.
The explanation for this is that when we’re listening to music, the signals sent to our brain that notify it that we’re tired get drowned out in the music’s noise as it competes for our brain’s attention.
Not only that, but another study showed that music can help us use our energy more efficiently. This is because it shows that cyclists who listened to music had to consume 7% less oxygen to do the same effort as those that cycled without music.
Conclusion, It’s an undeniable fact that music affects our moods, energy levels, and creativity.
Once you learn how you can utilize it to your benefit.