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Music Affects Brain Memory

September 1, 2017

The effect of music on the brain have been a subject of interest for many. The connection between the music and the mind had been held since long and have concluded that the music improves the memory.

Music is universal. Every known human culture in the world has been found to have some element of music. Music is used in a variety of social events, from weddings to funerals. It plays a major role in media, especially movies and commercial advertisements. Yet, the exact origins of music remain unknown, lost in prehistoric time. To complicate things further, music has no direct, obvious adaptive function. That is, despite what some people say about how they would die without music, humans gain no direct survival benefits from making or listening to music. This makes it harder to determine how music originated by working backwards.

There are many theories of music evolution, but three main ones will be explored: sexual selection, social cohesion, and simple side effect. These are not mutually exclusive, and it may well be that these three theories all explain some aspect of music evolution.

It is because the music calm’s one’s mind and fights against anxiety and depression. It also boosts ones’ confidence. It helps increasing the concentration levels and hence it improves the memory. It is also stated that it helps increasing the memory on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients. Classical music is the best choice for this purpose. It makes one learn anything easier. It boosts up one’s mind. But not every time music could have positive effects. It has been stated that some sort of sound waves are emitted from the music which could be proven hazardous for oneself. This could be possible when the sound waves get produced in high quantity possibly in listening to music in high volume. The more we get exposed to these sound waves, the more we lose ability to learn and it also affect badly on one’s behavior. Music leads to hyperactivity and aggression stated by Dr. John Diamond. To experience the positive effects of music, choose a good music only.

Since music is able to recruit and connect numerous parts of the brain, music therapy has succeeded over many other conventional forms of therapy. In particular, they are found to work well in helping treat aphasia, Parkinsonism, and dementia. In the cases of many of Sacks’ patients, individuals in the advanced stages of these disorders retained much of their ability to respond to music. “The localized speech area of the brain is the premotor zone in the brain’s dominant frontal lobe. Damage to this area can cause aphasia. "Though many patients with damage to the premotor zone can barely speak or struggle to form sentences, some still retain the ability to sing the words of songs. Therefore, it is possible for some patients to become reacquainted with speech when it is inserted into music. "The right hemisphere, which usually has only very basic speech capabilities, can be transformed by music to produce speech.’

Conclusion

The neural effects of music, familiar and unfamiliar, voluntary and involuntary, are universal in the human population. Regardless of musical ability, humans are united through similar neural responses to the playing, singing, and imagining of music. Music is an intrinsic part of our neural function and its recruitment of numerous parts of the brain makes its presence pervasive in our lives.

Originally posted 2016-02-20 19:36:05.

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