WRITTEN BY: PURVAJA PISUPATI
COVER PHOTO COURTESY: WIX
When you are walking in the halls, almost everyone you walk past is wearing headphones. Administrators and faculty have made it clear that headphones have no place in the hallways. What is so compelling that makes people want to stay plugged in? The answers to these questions resonate deep in our nervous system.
When we listen to music, our limbic system activates and turns on our deepest emotions.
“Research indicates that music affects mood by producing an array of other beneficial molecules in our biological pharmacy,” Conscious Lifestyle Magazine said.
When we listen to music we can create peak emotions which lead to an increased amount of dopamine that is released.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain and reward pleasure centers. We often express and feel emotions from the heart but a large part of the stimuli comes from the brain.
Furthermore, certain types of music can trigger certain memories and feelings. Songs with a more positive, upbeat, and happy vibe will usually lead people to happier and more pleasant experiences and thoughts. Whereas songs with a deeper meaning or that the artist relates to a tragedy or dilemma can lead people into sadder more pessimistic thoughts. It is important for people to feel and express all emotions in some way. Music is a great way to do that especially for people who may feel less comfortable or may not have someone who express or confide problems in. In some psychiatric hospitals, music is used as therapy for patients because it calms them and puts them in a better mood. No matter what kind of music you like, there will always be a special song or style that will affect your emotions. Music has the power to make you feel certain things. So next time you listen to your favorite song remember that it is benefiting your mental health as well as just being something you enjoy listening to.