From classical concertos to pop anthems, music is a big part of our everyday lives. It shows up on TV, on our morning commutes, in cell phone ring tones, YouTube videos, and even on children’s toys. While you might notice and appreciate these sounds in your life, you may not realize what effect they’re having on your brain. In fact, music isn’t just a great way to get pumped for a workout or to relax after a hard day of work: it also has serious mental and physical effects on the body, many of which you’re probably not even aware. While research on the brain is an ongoing process (it’s an incredibly mysterious organ), there have been numerous studies in recent years that have helped to shed some light on the relationship between music and the brain. Here, we share just a few of the ways science has revealed that music impacts our brains, for better or for worse.

Here are the fifteen ways mentioned in the article:

  1. Music can help the brain recover after damage.
  2. Stress and anxiety often decrease in response to music.
  3. Music can also help manage and reduce pain.
  4. Music can facilitate psychological counseling.
  5. Music activates the motor control parts of the brain.
  6. Brain development is aided by music.
  7. Music can improve job performance.
  8. It can also boost memory and language skills.
  9. Music may just affect your immune system.
  10. Music can alter your mood.
  11. Addiction treatment is aided by music.
  12. It can cause seizures.
  13. Music can improve spatial reasoning.
  14. Creativity is often improved by music.
  15. Music can influence your behavior.

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