I am a music fan and often listen to music while working. Even so, I myself have not thought about how music can affect my brain and my body so far.
Now, I think it’s time to learn that interesting and useful thing. As philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “Without music, life will be a mistake.” After thousands of years of development, music has always been an integral part of our lives.
So, how do people react when listening to music and what are the sensitive responses that our senses are not aware of?
We can distinguish a happy or sad song, but that’s not just a subjective thought. In fact, happy music or sad music also makes the brain respond objectively, in different ways.
One study showed that after listening to a short piece of music, the listener would identify a neutral face leaning towards a happy or sad emotion like the one they heard.
This effect also happens with other facial expressions, meaning that even a happy face, we find it sad to hear sad music. For one thing, music will create the greatest impact when feeling a neutral face, meaning there is no sad or happy emotion.
Another interesting thing about how music affects us is that there are two types of emotions related to music: emotional awareness and emotional feelings.
That’s why with emotional feeling, we can still understand the feeling of a piece of music without really feeling about it. The two types of musical emotions also explain why some people hear sad music but still feel happy.
Moreover, music does not put anyone in real life situations, but we can still feel the author’s emotions. It is like the emotional effect spread when we sympathize with someone who is sad or share happiness with them.
This effect can be explained, because moderate noise increases the ability to handle difficult things that require abstract thinking, resulting in a higher level of creativity. In other words, when we deal with normal problems with a compulsive brain power, more innovative approaches will appear.
However, at high noise levels, our creative thinking is weakened by overwhelming brain noises and making us struggle to handle them.
This is like how heat and light can affect our productivity, or paradoxically, a slightly crowded place can help us work more efficiently.