What makes us love music so much? What makes us love music so much?

What makes us love music so much?


Today’s Video of the Day from the American Chemical Society explains why we love music so much.

Scientists have found that music triggers the release of dopamine in the striatum – a region of the brain that controls our reward system.

During the most exciting parts of our favorite songs, dopamine is abundant.Studies show that music helps put people in a better mood and gets them in touch with their feelings. Study participants rated “arousal and mood regulation” and self-awareness as the two most important benefits of listening to music. Why Music Makes You Happy. Listening to moving music causes the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical. People love music for much the same reason they’re drawn to sex, drugs, gambling and delicious food, according to new research.

Furthermore, extra dopamine is released in a different region of the brain as the climax of a song is anticipated. music makes you feel music makes you feel good music also comes the nerves and relieve stress that probably is one of the reasons why people like music so much it is an outlet to deal with everyday life. In one study published in Nature Neuroscience, led by Zatorre, researchers found that dopamine release is strongest when a piece of music reaches an emotional peak and the listener feels “chills”- the spine-tingling sensation of excitement and awe. That may explain why we like music.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: American Chemical Society

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