How Music Affects our Brains

Source: Fast Company, Dec 2013

  1. HAPPY/SAD MUSIC AFFECTS HOW WE SEE NEUTRAL FACES:
  2. AMBIENT NOISE CAN IMPROVE CREATIVITY
  3. OUR MUSIC CHOICES CAN PREDICT OUR PERSONALITY
  4. MUSIC CAN SIGNIFICANTLY DISTRACT US WHILE DRIVING (CONTRARY TO COMMON BELIEF)
  5. MUSIC TRAINING CAN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE OUR MOTOR AND REASONING SKILLS
    1. … children who had three years or more musical instrument training performed better than those who didn’t learn an instrument in auditory discrimination abilities and fine motor skills.
    1. They also tested better on vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning skills, which involve understanding and analyzing visual information, such as identifying relationships, similarities and differences between shapes and patterns.
  6. CLASSICAL MUSIC CAN IMPROVE VISUAL ATTENTION
  7. ONE-SIDED PHONE CALLS ARE MORE DISTRACTING THAN NORMAL CONVERSATIONS
  8. MUSIC HELPS US EXERCISE

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