The Science Behind Music

Isn’t it strange how music can make you feel so many feels? A few simple notes can have you saying “this is my jam!” and have you dancing like nobody’s business. On the other hand, it’s funny how a song that once made you so happy, can now make you feel sad at the thought of past memories, and the thought of people that are no longer in your life.  I’ve experienced all of these things and everything in between. So I decided to look into it. Turns out music has A LOT to do with so many things that make us who we are. Keeping reading to learn more!

Music and Emotion

There is lots of strong evidence out there that our electrophysiology actually changes when we hear different kinds music. Researchers have studied how music can change your EEG reading and your heart rate. Unpleasant music decreases your heart rate and was linked to the emotional response of sadness. Pleasant music on the other hand actually changes your brain activity and matches the brain processes occurring when you are paying close attention to something. (So happy music may help you focus!).

Check out this article if you’d like to read more:
Sammler, D., Grugutsch, M., Fritz, T., Koelsch, S., (2007). Music and emotion: Electrophysiology correlates of the processing of pleasant and unpleasant music. Psychophysiology, 44(2): 293-304.

Music is Linked to Memory

It’s weird to me how a song can make me remember things, people, and even smells. For me, it can even bring back a feeling I had at the time of listening to it.I learned in first year psychology that listening to music while you study can help you retrieve memories, and test better! I can think back to my grade 9 science exam (HUGE DEAL at the time), where we had to memorizes the anatomy of a plant (useful…). I studied with music back then, and during the test, the song “When I Grow Up” by the Pussycat Dolls (I had great taste in music I know…) started playing in my head, and I remembered every label! So I can say from experience, that this is a real thing.

So How Does it Work?

I found this brain picture online, and thought I would share it. The main portions of the brain involved with music are the amygdala (feelings), hippocampus (memory), and cerebellum (emotions and movement). The cerebellum was most intriguing to me since, as a dancer, I’ve always regarded dance as an art that can display messages and help move people the way only creative art can. Now I know that the cerebellum is the reason for that!

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Music and Personality

Okay, here I go again with yet another far fetched theory, but I found this online and I just couldn’t resist sharing it! It turns out that the music people listen to is linked to their personality. My personal favourites (pop and dance) mean I’m gentle, creative, hardworking, confident and outgoing! What does yours say?


Well, that’s all I got today, thanks for reading! If you know anything else about music and how it makes us who we are, feel free to share them with me! I know I learned a lot making this post. I hope you learned something today too!

Smiles and Love,
Catherine, xo

One thought on “The Science Behind Music

  1. Joyce Crowe says:

    Sometimes I might be in a grocery store etc. and I happen to be thinking of someone in my past who was very special to me but is no longer living. A song comes on through the speakers and it was the one that meant so much to us. I have a good cry. Sometimes it makes me happy and sometimes sad. thank you for sharing the article.


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