Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fact of the day: Regulate brain activity with your type of music

Hey Awesomites

Which genre or type of music do you like the most? Well, it surely has to do a lot with the functioning of our brain. Some of you may like slow music while others like to rock n roll on the floor while listening to their favourite beats. I am more of the latter type too, depending on the mood. ;p

There's more to why you like one type of music more than any other. Different receptors in your parts of brain respond to different musical aspects such as its tone, rhythm, and lyrics.

Tonality  - Prefrontal cortex
                - Cerebellum
                - Temporal lobe

Rhythm  - Left frontal cortex
                - Left parietal cortex
                - Right cerebellum

Lyrics  - Wernicke's area
            - Broca's area (depending on type of music)
            - Visual cortex (imagining parts of music)
            - Motor cortex (that's why you tap your feet and legs while listening to dance numbers )
            - Emotional responses ( relatable to those listening to love songs :D )

Other effects: Music improves our language skills, creativity, reduces anxiety and stress, makes us happy and also helps in healing various neurologic disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, Tourette etc. Some doctors now prescribe music as a mode of treatment for such patients. :D

Also, matching the rhythm and tone of music with our brain waves can help to induce a particular response or a state of mind.

Gamma waves - increases optimal brain function, awareness of reality, mental abilities, and serves as binding mechanism between all parts of brain.

Beta waves - Low: increases concentration and alertness. High: relieves stress, anxiety and aids in flight reactions.
( Ps- Lack of low beta wave activity is associated with certain disorders: ADHD, OCD, addictions and anxiety and neurotic disorders )

Alpha waves - Serotonin (happy hormone) release increases in this state.

Theta waves - induces REM sleep state, hypnosis.

Delta waves - slowest brain activity (more often seen in infants )

Ps - Those goosebumps you get after listening to your favorite music are actually caused by the release of dopamine in your body. 

Thats all
- Jaskunwar Singh

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