Music activates the brain – the best way to increase your well-being

For one, it is the hallmark of ended love, for another Järnefeltin Lullaby. Music that, at its first beat, snatches open tear channels. It feels good, even if it hurts at the same time. The aftertaste is often longing.

Music that is considered sad involves very different emotional experiences in the listeners. Grief is a kind of umbrella concept under which live unpleasant and painful feelings but also pleasant and comforting.

Sadness is often seen in music as a positive feeling. There has been something good and beautiful in life that grieving is exalted.

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Music carries forward

Why do people want to listen to music they find sad? The observation contradicts psychological patterns that assert that we want to avoid negative emotions.

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Tragedy arouses interest in the arts, be it music, movies or literature. The story allows you to deal with your own feelings, and hopefully there is still hope left.

No wonder the beer bar’s jukebox often sings about missed opportunities. Sad music acts as a peer support – someone else has experienced the same and survived. Music works both with and without the power of its lyrics, instrumental.

The piece of music provides a framework for introspection, a kind of symbolic structure for the advancing story. The listener is allowed to complete the story with their own feelings and live safely through their feelings.

Music helps with grief and pain, relieves depression, but also produces pleasure and gives new strength.

Feeling negative?

Active music therapy combined with conventional treatment for depression is significantly more effective than regular treatment alone. Professor Jaakko Erkkilä in the study, the candidates participated in an hour-long music therapy twice a week.

Already three months of therapy helped significantly in recovery. Music has been studied to help at least in the treatment of schizophrenia, autism and substance abuse problems. Music also helps in the treatment and rehabilitation of Parkinson’s disease, cerebral infarction, brain injuries and dementia.

Music therapy has increased patients ’ability to concentrate, reduced confusion and anxiety, and improved memory function. In somatic, physical ailments, music has relieved stress in patients with heart, cancer and hip surgery and helped relieve pain.

Lempimusa works best

Even without the information provided by brain research, people use music in their daily lives in the same way that professionals use therapies to relax, meditate, change their mood, and activate the body. With music, you can either prop up your own emotional state or try to change it.

Music can be turned into a therapeutic toolkit, the most important tool of which is Favorite Music.

Everyone has their own taste in music, so scientists don’t give recommendations on teasing musageners. Listen to what you enjoy most. A happy person is singing – that too tells of good itching in the emotional areas of the brain.

Modern brain imaging has proven that familiar music activates the brain of a healthy person most strongly. It also activates very many areas of the brain, so the musical experience is holistic.

When people are asked what kind of music they particularly like, the most important thing is familiarity. On the other hand, being too familiar is easily boring. Perhaps the most inspiring is something that is suitably something very beloved and predictable but a dose of something interesting.

Get a listening diary

How would a wader of full calendar days get rid of pressure, even stress with music?

Already passive listening to music causes movement in the brain, but it is more effective to set aside half an hour for active listening, for example. It can even be done to calm down for a good night’s sleep.

It pays to create a working musalist for yourself. Compilation is easy with music streaming services. YouTube and Spotify offer invigoration with the words relaxation, peace, sleep music …

Listen to music with good headphones so that the sounds of the environment do not get in the way. It is good for the environment to be in harmony with what you are listening to. There must be no nerve activator in the eyes of the sedative. While still consciously breathing calmly, the body’s tension begins to dissipate. The heart rate slows down, blood pressure drops and muscle tension eases.

Music affects the functions controlled by the autonomic nervous system in 20 to 40 minutes – therefore preferably at least half an hour’s evening dose.

Any observations about the effects of music can be written in the listening diary. The mood in which you feel it is necessary to linger can tell you something interesting about yourself.

Lubrication for the brain

  • MUSIC affects a person in an amazingly holistic way. It has accelerating or calming effects depending on the genre.
  • The BRAIN imaging method has been used to find out how music activates several processes in the brain in parallel. A wide-ranging response drives a strong experientiality. It also promotes the repair of neural networks if the brain is disturbed or damaged.
  • THE BRAIN ANALYZES the areas it hears in the forehead, temporal, and main lobe. These areas occur, among other things, when a person processes information, concentrates, and uses his or her memory. Music has a positive effect on brain information processing and memory function.
  • The more pleasurable and intense the experience, the more happens in deep areas of the brain, such as the midbrain, the nuclei, and the hippocampus. Music activates the so-called mesolimbic dopamine system, which largely regulates the amount of pleasure.
  • In neurological diseases that complicate COMMUNICATION, music facilitates patients ’recovery by helping to relieve emotional states. Even in those parts of the brain that control our movement, music elicits reactions – it makes your foot flutter.

Experts: Henna-Riikka Peltola, music researcher, doctor, University of Jyväskylä. Suvi Saarikallio, Associate Professor of Music Psychology, Jyväskylän
university. Jaakko Erkkilä, Professor, University of Jyväskylä. Teppo Särkämö, Academy Research Fellow, Docent of Psychology, University of Helsinki.

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