How Music affects your brain?
Updated: Mar 22
If that track sends you back to the dancefloor or that music makes you cry, it is because it is literally changing your brain chemistry.
Want to test yourself?
1. Have you ever heard a track that immediately drops you to a certain place or a certain situation?
What this reminds you?
Maybe a famous movie?
This is because Music affects our Hippocampus which plays important role in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory, and in spatial memory that enables navigation.
2. Hit the play below
Have you found it hard not to tap your foot? or not to node your head?
This is because music affects your motor cortex, which is the region of the cerebral cortex involved in the planning, control, and execution of voluntary movements in the brain.
Music also affects the Cerebellum which plays an important role in motor control, contributes to coordination, precision, and accurate timing, and also involve in some cognitive functions such as attention and language as well as in regulating fear and pleasure responses.
By the way- did you know that people and song birds are the only animals that trying instinctively to match the heart beat to music...?
Motoric movement and memory function are just a few things above many things that are activated in the brain while listening to music.
Actually, music is activating every area of the brain at once! And we didn't started to talk about releasing dopamine and serotonin which impact our mood.
Because of this, musicians tend to have a high level of functions, especially planning, strategizing, attention to details and memory.
The minus of how music affects our brain might be the decreasing of our ability to concentrate.
Music with a changing tempo, changing vocals and in general any music which isn't monotonic, will lead us to have less focus and less ability to multi-task. Although many thinks it is not the true, experiments have proven that this is the case when it comes to work that requires deep thinking, calculations etc.
Music did help a lot for execution of fisible work.
What about Trance/Techno?
So here is the thing- since Trance and Techno are quit monotonic and tend to have the same rythm/loops/sounds - I am actually don't see the minuses :)
In my humble opinion, the biggest thing about DJing is to catch the pace that works and simply manage to stay on it for a long time. That way the audience is trapped in the rhythm and just can not stop moving! This is where everybody wins.
That sida, you can listen to my latest Psytrance mix also during yout job since I tried to catch that pace and just keep it...