How Music Affects Your Brain
Have you ever wondered why we love music?
- Hippocampus - music memories, experiences, and context.
- Nucleus Accumbens & Amygdala - emotional reactions towards he music.
- Auditory Cortex - perceives, analyzes, and listens to sounds and tones.
- Prefrontal Cortex - controls behavior, expression and decision making.
- Corpus callosum - connects both sides of the brain; left and right.
- Amygdala - also controls emotional reactions towards the music.
- Motor Cortex - controls movement while playing or dancing to music.
- Visual Cortex - reading music or looking at own dance moves.
The effect of listening to music on work performance
This study measured the effect of music listening on state positive affect, work quality and time-on-task of computer information systems developers. Effects of music on work performance, in this case,
software design, may be explained by increases in state positive affect.
- Male - 45.
- Female - 15.
Narrative responses revealed the value of music listening for positive mood change and enhanced perception of design while working. Evidence is provided of the presence of a learning curve in the use of
music for positive mood alteration. Overall, the study contributes to the development of a model that aspires to elucidate music and workplace interactions; as well, it has implications for organizational practice.
Source: http://pom.sagepub.com/content/33/2/173; http://www.onlinephdprograms.com/15-studied-effects-of-classical-music-on-your-brain.