Five Benefits of Music to Support and to Enhance Wellbeing and Cognitive Functions

In all the different Cultures around the World Music is an Important and Integral part of the Human Experience.

Music has a Special Power to Move us and stir our Emotions, to Relax and to Improve our Cognitive Functions.

Anyone who has ever wiped Tears away from their Eyes listening to their Favorite Romantic Song will know how Powerful simple Notes and chords can Be.
Recent Scientific Studies have shown that Music Really can Change our Mood and even Help us to Concentrate and to have an Effective Influence on various parts of the Brain: Areas Responsible for aspects, such as Memory and Mental Clarity, can ‘Light Up’ in Response to Music.

5 Benefits of Music on Physical and Mental Wellbeing and on Cognitive Fuctions

Boosts Mood

Researchers have pondered the possible Therapeutic and Mood Boosting Benefits of Music for centuries observing that Everyone reacts to Music in different ways.

One Individual may Love Rock or Heavy Metal for example, while another is Happiest Playing or listening to Classic or World Music Sounds.

Playing or Listening to Music can Create Peak Emotions, which Increase the amount of Dopamine, a specific Neurotransmitter that is produced in the Brain and helps control the Brain’s reward and Pleasure Centers.

A Study from the Journal of Music Therapy shows that using Songs as a form of Communication could increase Emotional Understanding and Empathy evoking deep Emotions, helping to process fear, grief, sadness, and resentment, even if these Emotions are held on a Subconscious Level.

Promotes Relaxation

Music can be a great Pick-Me-Up for when we are feeling Stressed.

Overall, tuning into one of our Favorite Songs can be Incredibly soothing and help to Reduce Stress and Anxiety.

Improves Cognitive Fuctions and Growth Mindset

Musicians may Serve as a unique Model for studying Plastic Changes in the Human Brain and to Develop a Growth Mindset Given the Complexity of Coordination and of Stimulus, normally related to very High Levels of Mental Multitasking during Musical Practice.

The Structural and Functional Reorganization observed in Musicians Brains may lead to Cognitive Differences in Comparison to non-Musicians.

However just Listen to Music may even be able to help us Concentrate and to Become more Productive.

A ‘Digital Tonic’ called Binaural Beat, which can be Downloaded also onto Smartphones, claims to be able to help to Focus, Energize, Wake Up as well as Relax.

Binaural Beats work by creating a specific Frequency for the Brain to follow along to; this is know as ‘Frequency Following Response’. This could be a Frequency for Relaxation, for Pain Relief, or for Deep Focus and Concentration.

Listening to the Music in the Headphones, a different Frequency is sent to each ear through Headphones. The Mathematical Difference between the two Frequencies sent to Ear Matches the Frequency Required to Induce the Desired State of Mind.

Enhances Comprehension

Music is a Tool that can be utilized by Readers or Students to increase reading Comprehension and Reading Speed. Recent Researches as Observed that the familiarity of a Melody allows to Concentrate fully on a Text, and Create Connections between the Familiar Melody and what a Person is Reading. However, Music with lyrics, whether the Song is familiar to the Reader or not, causes Persons to become Distracted.

Increases Performances during Workouts

A Study at Brunel University in West London has shown that Music can help increase Endurance by as much as 15 per cent, helping to lower the Perception of Effort during Physical Exercises, as well as increasing Energy Efficiency.

The best Choices for Exercise are up-beat Songs that match the Tempo of Exercising stride and which can have a Metronomic Effect on the Body, enabling, for example to Run or to Walk for Longer.

Author: Cristina Capucci

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