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Medical Why do we enjoy listening to music?

  1. May 21, 2015 #1
    I've been researching this subject for a little while. I'd like to hear your ideas, because the topic is widely discussed.
    So here is some part of my research which makes my opinion quite clear:
    "Sometimes we say , that one is moved by music. Of course, it does not mean for him/her to be producing physical actions in order to catch up with the sound. Contribution to the vibrational projection, which in itself is an arrangement of the sounds, is what scientists call “flood of dopamine”. There was a brain scanning experiment performed, where researchers N.Salimpoor and Robert J. Zaratorre offered participants to listen to music that gave them goosebumps or chills. “ The researchers then injected them with a radioactive tracer that binds to the receptors of dopamine, a chemical that’s involved in motivation and reward. With this technique, called positron emission tomography or PET”, the brain scans highlighted the nucleus accumbens, often referred to as the brain’s ‘pleasure center’, a deep region of the brain that connects to dopamine neurons and is activated during eating, gambling, etc.” There were also mentioned in the article of National Geographic magazine that the areas included amygdala, “which is involved in processing emotions”, the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, “which is involved in decision-making”. That confirms the fact our body responds to the ‘made-up’ melody of the brain in an organized wayhttps://www.physicsforums.com/file:///E:/School%2010th/School%20english/Research%20project(2).docx#Chain [Broken] The dopamine hormone, mentioned above quite enough, is what scientists follow to make conclusions about happiness, any other emotions. However, these emotions surrender to the brain and body activity. We call them emotions, they, in fact, are signals of hormones to approach certain brain center and release their energy."
    And also:
    "The physiology of brain and body and the mental analysis all together possess a complex system of previously mentioned vibrational projection of the world. There´s no good and no bad terms for music in such world, participation in this system allows one to understand the thing rather than look for description of emotions he is experiencing."

    So once again, what do you think about it? How would you explain enjoyment and excitement we get from listening to music?
     
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  3. May 21, 2015 #2

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    Please cite the source so others may read. Thank you.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3690607/
     
  4. May 27, 2015 #3
    I've been thinking about it and I've came up with some questions : Isn't there any real explanation for this? Why does it actually boost our dopamine level? Why does it do what is does to our brains ? Is it in any way related to our evolution ?
     
  5. May 27, 2015 #4

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    Read the research posted above.
     
  6. May 31, 2015 #5

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    I have taken this lecture series here at my school. http://news.ucsc.edu/2015/03/arts-dean-series.html Which focused on the evolutionary traits of music in different animals, how music has evolved, and how music is tied in to human behavior. From what I have learned, there are some parts of music which are universal. Some of the things that are universal is that we can recognize music as being sad or happy, based on the rhythm and tone, regardless of the environment we grew up in. Other studies show that the reason why some music is appealing is because of some thing that causes "false" goose bumps or something. There is a technical term, but I would have to look back at my notes. Basically music can sometimes surprise us, which is tied in biologically, and this gives us a good sensation since it sends out brain chemicals that make us feel happy. Similar to the feeling we get when we ride a roller coaster, and we feel "scared" but in a good way. But another thing I got from the lecture series is that, not enough research has been comfortably done to conclude anything being certain to music. It seems to be a strange phenomenon only found in humans for the most part. (not the songs part, but the music for entertainment part. Don't know if this added to the post or not, just wanted to contribute what I learned (or semi-learned) from my course. :rolleyes:
     
  7. Jun 4, 2015 #6
    Its been so many years I do not like any kind of music....
     
  8. Jul 17, 2015 #7
    how sad for you.....
     
  9. Jul 17, 2015 #8
    Ive played guitar for decades. Get a high off of music.

    My theory. We humans are complex organisms. Our brains are inundated with information and we make conscious decisions...we literally need to train our brain to think.

    Music is about patterns. Systems. Systems are a positive. Our brain wants us to find patterns...efficiencies. Patterns are rewarded with pleasure...we keep pursuing more. Patterns allow us to quickly fill in the blank. A couple notes of a song and we recognize it. Efficient. We can fill in number patterns, word blanks, instructions, etc. We like to eat. We like sex. We like patterns that help develop complex thinking. Things that are necessary are rewarded with a sense if pleasure.
     
  10. Jul 17, 2015 #9

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    But why then do we like only some, but not all music even though all music has patterns?
     
  11. Jul 18, 2015 #10

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    a possible explanation could be due to what gender you are and the state of mind you have or how you were raised in a sense. I remember from the lecture series that I took that many people disliked opera because it sounded like screaming. When you look at the frequencies at which they sing, it does in fact sound like screaming which might set off a bit of a fight or flight type of scenario in your brain. It was studied that young males (18-30 years old) liked screamo (a type of metal music that involves large amounts of screaming) more then their female counterparts. This could have been due to lots of things, such as males being more prone to that fight response, they type of hormones through out their bodies at that time, and their state of mind.

    Music has the ability to "surprise" us, and when our brain is surprised, it gets a bit scared. It then realizes it isn't going to die and chemicals are released and you might get goosebumps and a pleasant sensation. Surely you have felt this before?
     
  12. Jul 19, 2015 #11
    My girlfriend says that reason we enjoy music is because it gives us a buzz.
     
  13. Jul 19, 2015 #12

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    True, but I think OP wants to understand better what the buzz is about, or how it comes about when listening to music. Correct me if I am wrong,
    ElinaY.
     
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  14. Jul 19, 2015 #13
    Well I asked and she said it was to do with 'enjoying life'.
    Anyway it's late here now, thanks for your response.
    night night.
     
  15. Jul 19, 2015 #14

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    The OP stopped coming to PF over a month ago, so thread closed.
     
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