Hitting Shuffle Benefits the Brain

How different genres of music can change your mood

by: Daven Roberts

Dictionary.com so accurately defines music as, “vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.” This melodic expression is not only reserved for those creating the music; listeners too share in this reaction to the vast art form.
Most of us are more than happy turning on Spotify’s “Today’s Top Hits” playlist. We have our favorites and the ones we hate yet know all of the words to. The only problem is that after one week every song has been played a countless number of times and even the favorites become overplayed.
So why not burst the bubble of pop music that most of us live in and branch out? Hitting shuffle on your daily mix of music could be the beginning to new favorites and the end to the overplayed Taylor Swift songs.
Oliver Sacks, journalist for “Brain”: A Journal of Neurology, voiced in his article, “The Power of Music” that the human brain responds to different genres of music in ways that alter mood, concentration, and health.
A study done by Erin Canty through NPR supports Sacks’ idea. Her findings were: jazz music helps to relax the human brain and leads to greater concentration, classical music can deter the brain from violent or angry thoughts, rap speeds up the recovery time of depression victims greatly, metal can increase self confidence, and country music can increase the amount of serotonin released in the body, which makes the listener happier.
Of course some people can’t bear to listen to a country album or metal song. However, you can never discount a genre of music. Hitting shuffle could be the best thing you’ve done for your health in a long time.

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