This is Your Brain on Music!

When researchers observed brain activity in people who were reading or doing math, they noticed that certain parts of the brain would light up. Generally, with any given activity, the brain would utilize just one specific region — however, when the researchers introduced music, something amazing happened.

Not only did listening to music cause the brain to light up in multiple areas, but when subjects began to play music, practically every section of the brain went to work in an explosive jubilee of activity!

According to the video, “playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.” It improves many of the functions of your brain that you use for other things, which may help you in the future. But there are more than just functional changes going on up there. Believe it or not, making music even has the capacity to change your brain physically.

Find out more about this mind-blowing discovery in this video.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.