The neuroscience of loving music

Humans have been making and learning to recognise music from the moment our species learned to walk on two legs, creating a predictable beat. In this 8-minute video, Michael Spitzer, a professor of music at the University of Liverpool, explains how music affects the brain in profound ways. It eases stress by lowering cortisol. It floods the brain with pleasurable neurotransmitters like dopamine. And it serves as a conduit through which we can process emotions that otherwise might not be describable in words.

With thanks to Mindy Peterson, music educator and postcast host, for finding and sharing this article.


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