Musical Notes from a small island blog 56 – A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Albert Einstein
from neuroscience of music, re dopamine
Why music makes you happy. Read this article by Emily Sohn from News.Discovery. Great stuff.
– Listening to moving music causes the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical.
– Dopamine-induced pleasure may help explain why music has been such a big part of human societies throughout history.
– Understanding why people like listening to music is helping scientists understand human pleasure.
People love music for much the same reason they’re drawn to sex, drugs, gambling and delicious food, according to new research. When you listen to tunes that move you, the study found, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical involved in both motivation and addiction.
Even just anticipating the sounds of a composition like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” or Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself” can get the feel-good chemical flowing, found the study, which was the first to make a concrete link between dopamine release and musical pleasure.
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