How does the music you listen to affect your everyday life? The psychology behind the music that you listen to and the affects it has on your brain and emotions is actually very interesting. Ben Housman said that music helps him make friends and can bond with others in the music program no matter where he is. “Music makes me more able to combat life. It’s really just escapism for me because i can just retreat from my problems and bask in the rhapsodies,” said Abram Berry a freshman at Alta High School.
“Music is a really big part of my life,” said Addie Wray. Music makes it easier for her to study, and helps her express herself and her feelings. When Addie listens to music she feels better and likes to share this feeling with others by sharing her music.
“Music involves more parts of the brain than any other function that people perform,” according to a study conducted by the University of Florida. Lyrics alone affect up to four parts of your brain. This actually messes with your emotions quite considerably. The tone and rhythm of a song also has a lot of influence on different parts of the brain. Altogether, tone, rhythm, and lyrics affect the entire brain.
Because of the immense effect of music, there are so many great things music can do for you. Music can improve language skills, creativity, and happiness. Music can decrease anxiety, speed healing, increase optimism, and decrease pain. Music is also known to help with neurological disorders including Autism, Parkinson's, Tourette's, and Alzheimer's.
There’s also a whole lot of science about matching certain brain waves to prompt certain responses of the brain. I won’t go into that but if you are at all interested, look it up. It’s very cool. “It can immediately put me in a different mood depending on the mood of the music,” says Ivie Malcom, a student at Alta High School.
Music study can actually improve test scores. That should be good news for all of you taking AP music theory this year. Christian Affleck said that music engages both sides of the brain. When he is studying he listens to smooth jazz. This helps him retain the information and study faster. “The psychology of music makes it clear how profoundly important music education is to the success of individuals,” quoted the same University study.
Music is a healthy part of our lives so next time your parents tell you to turn it down you can tell them you are improving your mental health. Among pop and rock, alternative music tied for the favorite genre of music listened to by Alta students according to a recent survey. Alternative music covers a wide range of music and today we are going to give you a list of the top alternative songs right now.