Human brains, like humans themselves, grow and develop throughout gestation. However, the brain continues to develop throughout infancy and early childhood. In fact, between conception and the age of three, there is a significant level of brain development in humans. When a baby is born, he or she will have all of the neurons that will exist through the lifespan. However, the brain doubles in size during the first year of life, and by age three it has reached eighty percent of its adult size. Synapses, however, are formed at a faster rate during the first three years of life than at any other point.
Music and Emotions in the Brain: Familiarity Matters
Music therapy has developed its practice and research approaches within a qualitative framework more related to humanistic traditions than to medical science. Music medicine has therefore developed as a separate discipline, endeavouring to incorporate the legitimate therapeutic use of music within a medical framework. This paper argues that more extensive communication and collaboration between the methods developed within the music therapy community, and research based on medical science, could lead to a better understanding of the place of music as a therapeutic tool, both as regards its efficacy and its limits. Research has shown that music may influence central physiological variables like blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, EEG measurements, body temperature and galvanic skin response. Music influences immune and endocrine function. The existing research literature shows growing knowledge of how music can ameliorate pain, anxiety, nausea, fatigue and depression.
It is such a large part of our society; we incorporate it into our daily lives through our phones, television, and media. Music stimulates the brain through the pleasure center and sends us waves of emotions and reactions. As a DJ, music is essential to my lifestyle. Music rises and falls with the generation at that time. The brain is the commander of our actions; it tells us what to do, say, act, and react.
In: Film and Music. Music is much more than idle entertainment. It affects the brain in physical ways, altering pathways and stimulating certain areas to grow. Listening to music provides a temporary rise in cognitive IQ levels and learning it actually changes those levels on a more permanent basis. Professional musicians especially show marked differences in physical brain structure and cognitive thought processes.