How can your brain benefit from music?Playing or listening to music has been shown to have a similar effect on the brain as engaging in social activities. Across the lifespan, immersing yourself in music can enrich brain function.
SCIENCE SAYS: Playing or listening to music activates much more than the auditory cortex. Music engages almost all brain regions and networks, including ones for learning, memory, motor skills and well-being. Research has shown music can also help reduce anxiety and depression.
WAYS TO BEGIN:
- Actively and attentively listen, rather than keeping music in the background.
- Challenge yourself to explore new music: Try genres popular with different generations.
- Enjoy nostalgic music from your past: Use sound to trigger memories from that period.
- Listen to how your body and mind react to different types of music so that you can choose the right music for the moment.