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Music we can’t bear to live without

Cheyenne Trujillo | Journalism

Writer Cheyenne Trujillo embeds the titles of Top Ten most downloaded songs into a lively explanation about the effect of music on the brain.  Can you name the artist for each song title?

    There are a million reasons why we listen to music.  Content writer at  R.O.I Media and psychology graduate Malini Mohana makes it clear that music can form the shape of you and that music raises our level of awareness of experience.  Although I don’t wanna live forever, being mindful of present experiences can have lasting benefits.  Mohana explains how music is, “A tool for arousing emotions and feelings, music is far more powerful than language.”

    Let’s treat the body like a backroad  and see where the music ‘chills’ the brain.  According to  Dr. Victoria Williamson, the authority on the psychology of music,  music is processed by the brain and impacts on our minds and behaviors. Williamson explains that “Music stimulates the amygdala in a similar way to faces, smells and other sounds, most likely because all these stimuli are perceived as having social significance due to their communicative properties.”

Not only does peer pressure influences the way teens act, but listening to music influences the way teens make designs. Some designs that are made is a thought, “I am a Believer in that, I dig that.”  

       Not only does the amygdala deal with sound and social stimuli, Williams also explains that, “the nucleus accumbens (NA)… is known to activate by peak emotional experiences, known as chills or frisson, but it is also activated as soon as music is playing in the brain and seen as pleasurable.”  Music alone stimulates emotion, and when combined with experiences, can have powerful effects on motivation.

  “The NA is sensitive to primary rewards (food, sex), secondary rewards (money, power), so it represents hedonic value for people.  Which helps to initiate behaviors that aim to obtain more of these rewards for consumption.” Not only does the amygdala deal with what we want, for example food, sex, money, or power, it also deals with “Want…the I want behavior.” If you happen to be thinking about wanting to go to Paris, this thought is in the amygdala.    

So when you’re messing around, or whatever, and someone stops to take the time to judge you, answer them,  “Well I was born this way,” and I tend act out who I am no matter what.  Even if you are judged for just being who you are say that you won’t let go  of this moment and this time.  Someone questions your natural flaws (before they realize they are being a rude, self centered person) because they won’t let go of the fact that they are a poser. In this case be that one kid who breaks the moment to just LET IT GO.    

Also if you or someone is going through a bad time or bad things are happening to someone, or you just know that scars of all those bad things make you beautiful. All those differences that made it hard for you makes someone who they are.  

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