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Aswin Nutakki
Mrs. Thomas
UWRT 1103-035
October 19th, 2015
I had no clue what I was going to write about for this assignment because well honestly I
dont find too much about society interesting right now. I tried to think about what I enjoy in life
right now, music is always around us and it sparks so many emotions in an individual with just a
single piece of work. I researched what part of the brains actually work when listening to music,
it was pretty intriguing to see what popped up. I didnt have my first draft ready in time, so I
didnt receive any comments. I did learn about some interesting topics that are flying around in
society today such as if an electric or a hydrogen fueled car will be better for the environment.
How Does Music Affect Our Brains?
Music is defined as a vocal and or instrumental sounds to produce an expression of
emotion, it is something humans are surrounded by every single day. So what parts of the brain
does music stimulate? Actually music activates almost all parts of the human brain; Motor
Cortex, Prefrontal Cortex, Nucleus Accumbens, Amygdala, Sensory Cortex, Cerebellum and a
couple other areas. All these regions of our brain help produce multiple senses and emotions at
the same time. A study shows that after listening to a piece of music, participants were more
inclined to view a neutral image as happy or sad depending on the music they just heard. There
are two types of emotions when it comes to music, perceived emotions and felt or experienced
emotions. Perceived emotions are feelings that we understand without actually experiencing
them first hand. For example, when a rap star sings about gang banging we understand the


danger but we arent actually seeing these encounters. Music is special because it lets us ordinary
humans live vicariously through other peoples lives.
Personally I dont like listening to music that have hard beats and loud sounds when I am
studying but it turns even when youre studying music can stimulate creativity. The brain
particularly thrives when there is a moderate noise level in the background, ambient noise is the
sweet spot of our creativity. Specifically, moderate noise levels increase processing difficulty
which produces abstract processing, ultimately leading to higher creativity. As you can imagine
the reason why humans dont excel while listening to high noise levels is because the brain is
overwhelmed with amount of information trying to be processed. In a study by Heriot-Watt
university which had 36,518 participants from around the world, music was used as a
predictability factor for personality. The results consisted of rap fans having a high self-esteem
and are outgoing, but on the other hand indie fans had a low self-esteem and are not hard
As humans we are constantly surrounded by music, sometimes it can be dangerous. A
study performed on teenagers based on the effects of music while driving showed that music can
change the behavior of the driver. Drivers were assigned a piece of music classified as safe
music by the researcher, then the driver had choice to pick his favorite style of music. The
drivers choice of music proved to be more distracting, leading him to be a more aggressive
driver when listening to his choice of music. On the other hand, the safe music chosen by the
researcher was more beneficial than both the drivers music and no music at all.


It is common fact that music at a young age will assist the growth of a childs motor and
reasoning skills. Children who had three or more years of a musical instrument training
performed better in fine motor skills than those who didnt learn an instrument at all. These
children also tested better on vocabulary and analyzing visual information. Not only kids benefit
from the effects of music, a study showed classical music improved stroke patients visual
attention. Music also the has the ability to bring back memories, leading people to believe music
can be used as a treatment for people with memory based problems. For people with severe
mental problems as a result of Alzheimers disease or dementia, music affects the memory when
nothing else seemed to produce a noticeable result.
Its truly amazing what a single piece of music can spark, even when you are working out you
can use music to boost your pump. Researchers have been doing studies on the effects of music
during exercise for many years, Leonard Ayres found that cyclist pedaled faster while listening to
music. The reason music and exercise correlate is because when you are fatigued, the human
brain registers fatigue and tells your body it needs a break. Music competes for the brains
attention and can help distract the signals of fatigue to our brain. Even language is obtained
faster through singing music, scientists recently discovered singing the phrases of a new
language can help people learn more efficiently.