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Why Your Brain Craves Music

Listening to Music

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  • Music triggers activity in the nucleus accumbens, a part of your brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and is involved in forming expectations.
  • Your brain learns how to predict how different pieces of music will unfold using pattern recognition and prediction, skills that may have been key to our evolutionary progress.
  • When listening to the same music, different people experience similar brain activity, which may explain why music has the ability to unite and bring people together.
  • Listening to music was found to lessen anxiety better than anti-anxiety drugs, and also has beneficial effects on premature babies.

By Dr. Mercola

If you’re a music lover, you already know that turning on the tunes can help calm your nerves, make stress disappear, pump up your energy level during a workout, bring back old memories, as well as prompt countless other emotions too varied to list.


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