Scientific Research Reveals Reasons to Play Music

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Science says there are good medical reasons to play music. According to a recent article in WIRED magazine, a paper published in Nature Neuroscience by a team of Montreal researchers marks an important step in revealing the precise underpinnings of "the potent pleasurable stimulus" that is music.

The article outlined how "When listening to our favorite songs, our body betrays all the symptoms of emotional arousal. The pupils in our eyes dilate, our pulse and blood pressure rise, the electrical conductance of our skin is lowered, and the cerebellum, a brain region associated with bodily movement, becomes strangely active. Blood is even re-directed to the muscles in our legs. (Some speculate that this is why we begin tapping our feet.) In other words, sound stirs us at our biological roots. As Schopenhauer wrote, 'It is we ourselves who are tortured by the strings.' "

A National Geographic Dialy News article published in 2010, stated that musicians are better able to hear targeted sounds in a noisy environment. According to the article, "Most recently brain-imaging studies have shown that music activates many diverse parts of the brain, including an overlap in where the brain processes music and language."