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How Sound and Music Affect Your Mood ( & Increase Brain Development)

Feb 11, 2016 | Blog

Everyone loves a good song. From forming the tone of your teenage years to making your commute more manageable, music has the potential to greatly affect our lives. However, not much is known scientifically about the way music and sound impact our psychologies.

Though music has long been connected to the release of hormones like serotonin and neurotransmitters like dopamine, Professor Nina Kraus of Northwestern University has performed one of the first comprehensive studies examining the relationship between exposure to noise and music, and the actual electrical activity in the brain. As director of Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Lab.

Through her studies, presented during this years Falling Walls conference in Berlin, Kraus has been able to establish a trend in the thousands of participants, indicating that sound and music have a profound effect on the development of our brains. According to her findings, “sound processing disadvantages can be offset by making music or learning another language,” among other interesting developments.

However, this leads to an interesting question—if exposure to sound affects our neurological development, what happens when a developing brain cannot receive the proper stimulation? What issues might arise from hearing loss in a child’s development?

The answers might lie, again, with the studies performed by Professor Kraus. According to her findings, “Engagement matters. The brains of children who were more actively involved in Kraus’ lab studies saw more robust changes.” Therefore, anything that can be done to increase developmental processing of sound can only help the development of a child’s brain.

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