YOUR BRAIN… ON MUSIC
Music is scientifically proven to have a powerful effect on the brain.
Recent research shows that music can help with many aspects of the mind, including pain reduction, stress relief, memory, and brain injuries.
In the book The Power of Music, Elena Mannes says, “Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.” (Naponen, 2018).
The benefits of music get taken a step further with music-induced states of altered consciousness. Historically, human beings have tweaked their conscious states to promote physical and mental healing. We use altered states to treat substance dependence and for spiritual or palliative care. For example, people in rehab immerse themselves in sounds known as ‘binaural beats’ because some frequencies can give the brain the same sensation a drug would. The brain doesn’t undergo harm as a result; the opposite happens, and we see positive outcomes because of this stimulation (Napoten, 2018).
When introduced to two different frequencies at once, our brains process this by creating another tone entirely. Listening to specific forms of music helps us achieve desired states. With the use of music alone, you can reach a meditative state, facilitate a better night’s sleep, and enable more effective concentration. The capacity for healing emerges, too. Your nervous system will calm your body down without the use of a drug or medication (Albridge, 2016) .
“Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human functions.”