5 Positive Effects of Classical Music on the Brain

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Did you know that there are positive effects of classical music on the mind and body?

Listening to Mozart or Beethoven may not be a pastime that many of us can admit to incorporating into our daily endeavors.

Classical music has been lost over time and, unless you happen to find yourself holding the phone waiting for the next available agent, coming across this type of music is a rare occurrence.

This elegant and complex style of music is considered by most to be nothing more than a yawn worthy sequence of sounds;  but studies have uncovered that listening to classical music, aside from making you feel fancy, can have some pretty interesting effects on the brain.These positive benefits (backed by research) are worth a look and might even inspire you to get in touch with this timeless form of delicate therapy.

5 Positive Effects of Classical Music

1. Ease pain and depression
It has been found that different types of music that vary in pitch, melody and rhythm evoke emotional responses in people; classical music stimulates responses which benefit the relief of emotional pain. Music is a very strong form of emotional communication and classical music has been associated with joy and happy emotions, which can be triggered in the brain through the altering sound waves produced by this complex form of music.

2.  Improve quality of sleep
Classical music is often referred  to as an effective sleep aid. Researchers have found that even people considered to be chronic insomniacs we’re able to benefit by tuning into some classical music before hitting the sheets. Classical music uses rhythms and tonal patterns that create a meditative mood and slower brainwave states.

3. Enhance mental awareness
A Northumbria University study found that Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, particularly the composition Spring, is beneficial for improving mental alertness and promote a sense of vigilance. This was played to test subjects, and it was clearly found that they were able to respond to their tasks faster and more accurately than subjects completing the test in silence.

4. Reduce stress
Classical music has the ability to lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve mood, and relieve stress. A Taiwanese study found that pregnant women who listened to classical music showed signs of reduced anxiety and a noticeable decrease in stress levels when compared to the control group. It has also been stated that classical music produces a calming effect by prompting the brain to release dopamine (a hormone associated with pleasure).  – Dr. Kevin Labar of Duke University

5. Feel at ease and promote creativity
Listening to classical music helps to elevate emotions and also boost creativity. Classical helps activate the creative side of the brain, allowing imagination to flow freely. An Edinburgh University study of over 36,000 music fans worldwide found that classical music listeners tended to be more creative as well as more at ease with themselves when compared to other people.

So if you find yourself in an irritative state, wish to ease some pain or simply need to relax before jumping into bed for a deep sleep –– putting in some earbuds and allowing yourself to be swept away by some intimate compositions may be an interesting and beneficial way to nourish the mind!

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One thought on “5 Positive Effects of Classical Music on the Brain

  1. Shankar

    In our country – India – we listen to classical music veery often.  Classical music is played during Hindu weddings (vocal/instrumental)  What we also know is that boys who learn classical music do not go astray.  When my wife was carrying, she would keep a tape recorder on her stomach and play classical music.  After the (girl) baby was born, we found that she would listen to classical music with rapt attention.  She is practising music for the past 11 years.

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