06. 12. 2017
The very word «music» is of Greek origin. It is believed that in the ancient era, it received the greatest development. Although the music was present throughout human history. Many peoples deified its origin and used it in rituals. Preserved artifacts with images of music lessons, musical instruments, etc. The texts of the anthems of the times of Ancient Egypt were found. Figures from that period show that the most common instruments were a harp and a flute. Over time, more and more instruments appeared. There was a theory of music. And now more and more scientists are interested in the influence of music on a person.
Everyone has their own musical preferences. Researchers from the Montreal Institute of Neurology decided to understand why certain people like certain music. They put the experiment. Nineteen participants were invited to listen to 60 songs of different styles and evaluate them according to the principle of the auction. They were connected to the MRI unit. Thus, researchers could observe the brain’s reaction to listening to music.
During the experiment, various parts of the brain were activated, but most of all, the contiguous nucleus was involved. It goes to the area of the brain, which is responsible for the pleasures. This nucleus is activated when the person has received the expected, and then dopamine is produced, which gives a sense of satisfaction. And then, when the music liked the participant, in his brain there was the same reaction as occurs during sex, alcohol / drug intoxication, or the use of something incredibly tasty.
A person is excited by the expectation of a sound that he likes. Preferences in music are very individual thing. Even associations at the memory level can impose certain filters on the music track being played. Therefore, the song of the genre to which the person is already used, most likely he will like it.
The most interesting thing is that the music consists of individual sounds that by themselves do not affect the person. But their combinations bring either satisfaction (akin to orgasm), or a negative reaction. But this is one of the experiments. The mysterious influence of music on us will remain the subject of study for a long time.