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Immerse Yourself in Music

Mature woman with earphones listening to music.

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.

BEGIN BY:

  • Actively and attentively listening, rather than keeping music in the background
  • Challenging yourself to explore new music: Try genres popular with different generations
  • Enjoying nostalgic music from your past: Use sound to trigger memories from that period
  • Listening to how your body and mind react to different types of music so that you can choose the right music for the moment

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