Music is an art, entertainment, pleasure, meditation and a medicine for the soul and the body. All the cultures and the people have universal responses to it. It’s no secret music has a serious impact on a person’s brain activity — whether that’s how it engages different parts of the brain, how humans memorize tunes and lyrics or how different types of melodies and rhythms can elicit different emotional responses. It’s even been reported that ambient noise, played at a moderate volume, can encourage creativity, and that listening to music can help repair brain damage.

‘A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence”

Music is intrinsic to all cultures and has surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination and development. Not all types of music have favorable effects, however. Too loud or too jarring music can be distracting, and can compete for our attention with what we’re trying to do.  According to some studies, music learning can encourage the development of stronger vocabularies and a better handle on nonverbal reasoning. When you make music, it engages many different areas of the brain, including visual, auditory and motor areas,” Schlaug told News in Health. “That’s why music making is also of potential interest in treating neurologic disorders. Music has long been used in healing rituals around the world, and science suggests there’s a good reason that’s been the case. Plato suggested using music to treat anxiety. Responses to music are easy to be detected in the human body. Classical music from the baroque period causes the heart beat and pulse rate to relax to the beat of the music. As the body becomes relaxed and alert, the mind is able to concentrate more easily. Furthermore, baroque music decreases blood pressure and enhances the ability to learn. Music affects the amplitude and frequency of brain waves, which can be measured by an electro-encephalogram. Music also affects breathing rate and electrical resistance of the skin. It has been observed to cause the pupils to dilate, increase blood pressure, and increase the heart rate.

 

by: Ammara Siddique