Billy Joel, an American singer, famously observed, “I think music is therapy in itself.” “It’s a tremendous representation of humanity.” We’ve all been affected by it. Everyone enjoys music, regardless of their cultural background.” Most of us would heartily agree with this statement, and it is this common connection to music that has prompted academics all around the world to look into its therapeutic possibilities.
Maybe everyone can come up with at least one song that makes us feel something when we hear it. Music that accompanies a wedding’s first dance, for example, or songs that remind you of a terrible farewell or the death of a loved one.
“Music is ‘hardwired’ in our brains and bodies, according to Barbara Else, senior policy and research adviser of the American Music Therapy Association. “Musical elements like rhythm and melody, for example, are mirrored in our physiology, functioning, and being.
Given our strong emotional relationship to music, it’s no wonder that it’s been demonstrated to be good to our mental health in several studies. According to a 2011 study by McGill University researchers in Canada, listening to music increases the amount of dopamine produced in the brain, a mood-enhancing neurotransmitter, making it a feasible depression treatment.
Memories with music
Certain songs have the power to bring back memories of specific times or incidents in our lives, some of which we would rather forget and others which make us smile.
In light of this, scientists are now looking at whether music might help people remember things.
60 persons learning Hungarian were involved in a research published in the journal Memory & Cognition in 2013. Adults were assigned to one of three learning tasks: saying unknown Hungarian words, speaking the same phrases rhythmically, or singing the phrases. The researchers discovered that participants who sung the sentences had considerably greater recall accuracy than the other two groups when asked to recollect the phrases. According to the authors, these findings show that using a ‘listen-and-sing’ learning strategy can help people remember spoken foreign language words verbatim.
Helping people recover from brain injuries and seizures
Music is increasingly being shown to improve brain damage rehabilitation, such as that caused by a stroke.
Researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland discovered that stroke patients who listened to music for roughly 2 hours daily had stronger linguistic memory and concentration, as well as a more pleasant mood, than others who listened to an audiobook or even nothing, according to a 2008 study.
According to a 2013 study done by Korean researchers, stroke patients who acquired communication impairments after their stroke showed better language capacity after one month of neurologic music treatment.
Workouts are enhanced by music.
Music not only has the ability to distract you from “bodily awareness,” i.e. the aches and pains of working out, but it also has a health benefit.
Endorphins are released in the brain when people listen to music. Endorphins make us feel more energized. Endorphins not only make you feel good, but they also help to reduce anxiety, relieve pain, and keep your immune system in check. We have fewer negative stress consequences when we have high endorphin levels.