Chances are as you’re reading this article you’re listening to your iPod or an awesome cover on Youtube. Or maybe you have that song stuck in your head. Music spreads through our everyday life so much so that we barely notice it’s presence. But is music just a pleasure?
Listening to music is one of the few activities that uses the entirety of human brain. It clears our minds and has been known to make us smarter. The level of stress hormones in the blood declines significantly in those listening to relaxing music, sometimes replacing the need for medication. Listening to music for an hour every day can reduce chronic pain upto 21% and depression upto 25% It’s even been reported that ambient sound, played at a moderate volume, can encourage creativity and that listening to music can help repair brain damage and can improve brain functioning. Music and sound can boost immune function. Music creates less physical tension and stress, calms the mind, and helps the body heal itself.
Several studies have shown that music can boost endurance and help us use energy more efficiently during exercise. Songs help us remain in exercise till the end of it. One theory even introduces something called the “Mozart effect,” and a study that builds on the theory found that the infamous composer’s “Piano Sonata in D Major” led to decreased epilepsy in patients, a finding even extended to patients in comas. It has been found that the verbal and visual skills are improved when an individual practices on the piano. It inhibits the occurrence of fatigue, as well as changes the pulse and respiration rates. Music has the ability to return lost memories. Songwriting can help patients confront impulse control and allows an output for negative emotions. An additional useful study reveals that Alzheimer’s patients recall words to familiar songs much better than spoken words or information.
A survey has concluded that students listening to music have higher GPA. Students can perform well while listening to music and doing math homework than reading history. Music has been put to use in hospitals, nursing homes and many other places where stress levels rise. Patients who listened to music while waiting for surgery subjectively reported lower anxiety. Medical students are well known for experiencing very high stress levels, at least 18% of medical graduates studied, played instruments daily. If only there were some way to make yourself seem smarter without working. Oh, wait, there is. Mozart music, especially piano music, can raise your spatial reasoning, the equivalent of nine IQ points. Music can boost productivity. Research into health and memory in work environments has radically changed the way music is used in the workplace.
Music therapy is given to children and adolescents with psychopathology in many countries. Studies have shown that music therapy has a moderate positive effect for the patients and is more effective. Music is a form of communication, although it does not employ linguistic symbols or signs. The act of singing can bring people together. Today it is an extremely popular and available form of entertainment. The kind of music you listen affects the way you read people’s facial expression. It is a unique gift to and from each person who creates it. A study also showed that we find happiness when we synchronize with other individuals and this is what takes place when everyone sang together.
Throughout all of the research we noted that music is extremely helpful to health, learning, memory, can motivate people and help relax those who are too stressed, which is why we think that music should be integrated in some way into the school programs, hospitals and at work to help people stay relaxed, learn and concentrate, and stay in a good mood. It is also recommended that parents should give their kids music lessons since they’re very young so they can learn things faster and have better concentration when they’re in school. Continue hearing!