Why Do We Listen to Music?
How we listen to music has certainly changed dramatically over the past 100+ years. Back in the late 1800’s, the very first recorded music was made on tiny wax cylinders. They would hold a mere two minutes of sound. They would only hold a few minutes of sound. To this day, all recorded music is done on compact disks and the original wax cylinders have been replaced by the CD, the MP3, and the Laserdisc.
People no longer listen to music that they hear on the radio or that their parents or other family members play in the background. These listening habits have become quite standard and are not taken very seriously by most people. They feel like all music is one size fits all and they do not take the time to go into a music store and find what they personally like. Music does not come cheap and most people feel like they do not need to spend a lot of money on music. They feel like it is not necessary to go without music because they will always be able to find something that they will like at the local store.
This has led researchers to believe that the way we listen to music and the quality of that music may have an effect on our moods. In one study found out that people who listen to music with high volume tend to be happier. Those who listen to music with lower volume are happier with less happiness. The study found out that the difference between high volume versus low volume can be quite drastic. People who listen to music with high volume tend to have high energy levels and are happier with that energy than those with low energy.
Another study focused on how listening to classical music affects our cognitive behavior. Those who listened to classical music tended to have better IQ than those who did not listen to this kind of music. This proves that listening to it can improve your mental health and well-being. One positive reaction to this finding was that it was also discovered that listening to this kind of music helped reduce stress.
In one study found out that musicians have better memories than non-musical people. Memory is considered to be one of the most cognitively demanding parts of the brain. Therefore, being able to remember things which you have heard before is considered to be one of the cognitively demanding aspects of our brain. Thus, people who listen to music might have an easier time remembering things.
Another research found out that after listening to a song, most of our brains do not shut off. This means that when we hear the same song again, our brain does not erase the initial impression that we had with that song. Our brain continues to retain the details about that song and its impact on us. This means that if we are listening to the same song without music, our brain is able to replay that impression over again without any difficulty.
Music can help us relieve our stress and tensions. When we listen to music, our blood pressure will decrease and our heart rate will slow down. Our body will release more endorphins during that time. It also releases serotonin, a hormone responsible for our mood. Another chemical that is released by our body during listening to music is dopamine, which is responsible for our happiness and emotional well-being.
However, there are also studies which showed that there is no direct link between listening to music and having a positive mood. Most of the studies show only a positive correlation between listening to music and a person’s mood. There were a few cases wherein listening to it can actually cause a negative mood to develop. This happens especially to younger people who do not understand the effect of what they are listening to. With this, many people are now realizing that the benefits of listening to music are limitless.