I chose to investigate how music can affect your brain and health because I think that this is a way of solving many health related problems. Everyone has access to some type of music, and if we can find a way to successfully use that to reduce the amount of medicine and drugs being diagnosed, music can make the world a better place. I have many connections to music because my family loves music, and we listen to it in as many environments as we can. I have listened to in before and after homework, before sleeping, while doing chores, in the car or the school bus and in a countless number of other places. Learning about the effects of music is very important to me and it is relevant to my personal lifestyle because, as I said before, I listen to it every day. I absolutely love music and am associated with it through listening, writing and playing. I often find that on days when I don’t listen to my regular amount of music or do not have access to the kinds that I like, I become sad and cannot focus on schoolwork or homework. It also happens when I do not have enough time to practice my instruments. Before I had done this research on music and effects it has on the brain, I wondered if my sensitivity to music was just because I had lived with it for my entire life or because I had become too dependent on it to make me happy. After doing this research, I now know that music has effects on everyone, from babies to teenagers to even adults. The way that music makes a teenager – or, anyone – feel can massively change their moods and actions. Teenagers could easily use it to improve their focus and performance in school and even on exams. Lastly, people going through any type of disorder or illness can use music as a way to reduce their pain and make them happy.
Through my research on this topic, I have learned that certain categories such as mood, enjoyment and arousal/engagement can have major effects on what the brain perceives. For example doing something that makes one happy or excited can do anything from increasing focus and creativity, to boosting immunity, to even making someone perform better on an exam. It can also decrease pain and aid people who have illnesses such as depression, strokes and chronic pains. Scientists have found that music has among the greatest effects within the categories of enjoyment and engagement, and listening to certain types of music (mainly classical) can help to do the things listed above. In summary, music has major affects on the brain because of its ability to change one’s mindset greatly. Finding the results I did in this research has altered my thinking. I used to think that only people could affect one’s mood enough for it to make a deep difference in their brain. I now know that music has a greater affect on a person and can evoke stronger feelings than most interactions.
This picture shows a child in a hospital playing a guitar to make himself feel better. Most may say that it’s just a distraction, but if he enjoys playing it enough, this child’s recovery might run smoother. The music can relieve pain and stress, and reduce his anxiety. What this child is doing could help him greatly in the long run.