Research Shows: Music and Mental Wellbeing

🧠 Recent breakthroughs in neuroscientific research have substantiated music’s therapeutic properties such as emotional regulation and brain re-engagement. Research from Northumbria University has repeatedly proven music’s emotional and therapeutic qualities are highly related to the release of neurochemicals, especially dopamine.

🎧 During music listening, the researchers identified that the interplay between the brain’s memory and emotion centers creates a powerful and unique experience, elevating music into a distinctive and pleasurable stimulus. Visual art, like paintings and sculptures, lacks music’s temporal and multisensory engagement, diminishing its ability to form strong, lasting emotional-memory connections.

🎻 Preliminary data from a recent study involving classical music reveals that happy music sparks present and future-oriented thoughts, positive emotions, and an outward focus on others. In contrast, sad music causes more self-focused reflection on past events, introspection, and memory retrieval.

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