It’s no secret that music affects people’s moods. In today’s MetroNews an article titled “Why music feels good” described some of the brain science behind music. What I found interesting was that there has actually been a lot of research into this topic.
The right kinds of music cause the release of chemicals including dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline (in a similar way to cocaine or Ecstasy) along with oxytocin, a.k.a. the “cuddle hormone” which promotes feelings of affection and bonding. Within a narrow range (60-80bpm) your heart will retime itself to the beat of the music. Slower music induces a temporary state of relaxation or depression and faster music creates anxiety and causes the brain to release stress hormones. The tonal structure makes a difference too.