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Music helps with making memories from long ago feel relevant again. When you hear a song that had specific meaning to you in the past, the memory of that moment will come back with unbelievable details.
Alzheimer’s patients can sing the songs that they learned as young adults. This is a promising step in treating patients suffering from dementia and those with brain injuries.
This happens because music stimulates the entire brain and not just segments of it. Using this knowledge can help you in various ways.
Studies found that 90% of children exposed to music experienced physical changes in their brains and that allowed for increased transfer of cognitive information.
In a study conducted by York University, children exposed to music tested higher on verbal IQ tests involving word recall, information analyzation, and language-based reasoning.
Several studies confirmed that particular character traits correspond to musical preferences. For example:
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Our brains respond differently to happy or sad music.
One study revealed that participants interpreted a neutral expression as happy or sad to match the tone of the music they heard.
A moderate noise level is ideal to improve our creativity. It increases the processing difficulty which stimulates abstract processing, leading to higher creativity.
High noise levels impair our creative thinking because we feel overwhelmed and struggle to process information properly.
Different genres correspond to our personality. For instance:
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Music is processed in different ways:
Some studies show that music can help improve movement in patients who have Parkinson’s disease, or people who have lost mobility or battle with language due to a stroke.
In one study, in particular, Alzheimer’s patients seem to maintain the ability to recognize music.
Listening to music engages a huge network throughout the brain because music has so many components to it. It keeps your brain fit and healthy.
Music is also very therapeutic. It can lift your mood and help you to relax.