Sunday, March 13, 2016

Us and Music






Living in the 21st Century, we have the unlimited supply of music. Music has evolved as an entertaining hobby making its way into the medical field. Remember when you would feel some certain way and you would put your blasting headphones on to isolate yourself from a situation? At that point, music starts to make you feel good and forget everything that's happening. Three areas of your brain are affected by this; the hippocampus (memories), prefrontal cortex (judgement), and the parietal lobe (cognition). So how does music help us to become happier? Music releases high levels of dopamine levels throughout the period of listening music. The music also releases serotonin at this period of time. Serotonin and dopamine both help us being a happier person with other benefits included. Now since music is down to preference, some music could hold a deeper meaning to you and actually help motivate you. Euphoria from singing along or even listening to a song helps you motivate yourself and bring better and positive vibes to you. Another way music could help us to becoming happier, it lowers stress levels down. The songs help soothe your body and mind and with all the dopamine rushing throughout you, you feel relaxed and tense free.

Why should music be used other than entertainment? It helps us become a better us. In my opinion, music should be enjoyed, celebrated, and should be a stress free hobby. With so many new ways to utilize music such as using it as an anti-depressant for the anxious and depressed, music could evolve into something much bigger to even uniting us as one.

Does music have an impact on you? Does music make you stress free? Is music a getaway for you? Do you already do this for your own benefits? Do you agree or disagree about this view about music? Why or why not?


21 comments:

  1. This is a pretty interesting article. Personally, I have never felt a mood shift when listening to music while sad or depressed but I have noticed a slight increase in motivation when listening to music that fits the mood. I would probably agree with the general meaning of the article stating the positive feeling associated with music and its benefits but would argue it's effectiveness due to not feeling it personally; I'll have to test this.

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  2. This is a pretty interesting article. Personally, I have never felt a mood shift when listening to music while sad or depressed but I have noticed a slight increase in motivation when listening to music that fits the mood. I would probably agree with the general meaning of the article stating the positive feeling associated with music and its benefits but would argue it's effectiveness due to not feeling it personally; I'll have to test this.

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  3. Music definitely has a large impact of my life. Whether it's background music while doing homework or listening to music to relieve stress, the art of music helps people with all aspects of their lives. In your article, it listed what music does for people, such as motivation, stress relief, perception, and mood, and I agree, because I personally have used music for all of these things.

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  4. As a musician and dancer, music has been a huge part of my life and I do believe that it has a major impact on your mood. I use music as a stress reliever as well as an escape; for example I will play the piano or dance when I am under a lot of pressure and it helps me to relax. But, something that the article didn't talk about enough was that music doesn't always make you happier and more positive. Depending on the music you listen to, some people can actually become more depressed and sad versus the better idea or hope that it could be used to work similar to an anti-depressant. As the article states, "Those who listened to the sad music remembered more of the bad things that had happened during the course of their lives and had little confidence in their ability to complete simple tasks successfully." I also do think that remembering those bad things could be helpful personally to people, depending on where they are in their lives.

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  5. Music definitely has a huge impact on my life and emotions. I always listen to music when I am driving or doing homework because it can help me concentrate more on what I am doing. Music also helps relieve my stress so I am able to concentrate more on my surroundings. People listen to music to help motivate themselves, relieve stress, or help make themselves feel better when they are feeling down. I completely agree with this article because based on personal experiance, I am able to relate to what music can do to your emotions and brain.

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  6. I do believe music definietly has a huge impact on myself and my emotions. When I bump music in the car or play it through my earphones I start to jump around and get hyped. Music takes my stress away, I listen to music when I'm cleaning and working out because it can help me focus more towards what I'm doing

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  7. I myself am able to relate to this article because music has a huge impact on me. I knew that music had an impact on your brain to change your emotions but I didn't know how. I learned that music affects your memories, judgement, and cognition. Music is a getaway form because its a way to relate to the mood your in through the tempo and lyrics.

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  8. Music has a very huge impact on me during my everyday life. For me music is a place to escape whats going on around me and makes me happy or energetic when I listen to it. In the article it states that, " it also flushes the body with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel good." I didn't think that music was something that could trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin but I find it very interesting it does. Also music allows me to connect or listen to the artists story/message within the song. I agree with this view of music because I truly feel that it has the ability to change ones mood depending on the type of song.

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  9. Music has a big impact on me and my everyday life. I listen to music every single day. Yes, I do think that music makes me stress free because whenever I play music I tend to forget all of the stressful things that happen in everyday life. Music is a getaway for me especially when I'm feeling sad or unhappy. Music releases something called serotonin and dopamine both help us be motivated and have positive vibes. I would agree with this because for some people music helps them get through their day to day life.

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  10. Music is a huge part of my life. It helps me with focusing on studying, working out, and even with getting into a better mood. Once the ear phones go in, it's like an escape from reality into a life of no stress. Although, I also use music to help me express my feelings. Whether I'm focused playing video games or sad after a funeral, music is always there for me to access. I find it interesting how after listening to music, it can still effect your brain waves to leave you happy for hours, even days.

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  11. Music definitely impacts my life as I listen to it everyday when I walk to school, at work, during school, and while doing homework. It not only keeps the empty quietness away, but it also helps me deal with stress such as homework overload. It also affects my mood and depending on my mood I will play different songs from different genres and found it interesting that it triggers dopamine to come out giving off that feel good vibe. I totally agree that music helps people not only with just being able to jam out to a song but also emotionally.

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  12. Music definitely impacts my life as I listen to it everyday when I walk to school, at work, during school, and while doing homework. It not only keeps the empty quietness away, but it also helps me deal with stress such as homework overload. It also affects my mood and depending on my mood I will play different songs from different genres and found it interesting that it triggers dopamine to come out giving off that feel good vibe. I totally agree that music helps people not only with just being able to jam out to a song but also emotionally.

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  13. I completely agree with this article, because I have definitely noticed a change in my mood depending on the music I listen to. For example, if I listen to a really deep, vulnerable song right before school starts, I'll probably let the lyrics run through my mind a few times during the day, and reflect on them and think of how I can relate. I also sometimes like to listen to music while I do my homework, because it helps me stay focused and adds a little bit of excitement to the work. However, I was surprised to learn that "soothing tunes can help your tensed muscles, as well as pace down your breathing rate." For these reasons, teachers should allow students to listen to music more often while doing work in class, or just have the radio playing during a busy work day. This would be very beneficial in classrooms, especially because of how stressful high school can be.

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  14. Music for me personally is a getaway, because when I have my headphones in I feel like I escape from the real world. This helps me deal with stress as well. Instead of worrying so much about everything I have to do I just listen to music and get it done. Music for me is like an anti depressed when Im feeling sad I listen to music that is up beat to get me out of the sad mood and into a more happy and joyful mood. I completely agree with this article because music is more then just entertainment. For many people music can be used as medicine and to better their moods. I think that this article gives information to us that many people where not aware of thats why i agree with this view of music.

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  15. Music to me is a big part of my life and it has definitely has been a major impact in my moods. I agree 100% with this article on the mood changes, because sometimes if i'm feeling down i can listen to a up beat song to change my mood into a positive one. Music is not only a literal lifesaver but it also gives opportunity's to people who have passion for it.

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  17. I agree that music can help people with stress because I think people should listen to music to lower their stress so they think about their work without worrying about it too much. I believe that some music can help people focus on their because it will keep people quite while they are working. I believe music can motivate a person. If someone does not feel like working their put on their music to motivate them to the work. I also use music to help me work.

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  18. Music is really helpful if I'm stressed out. It allows me to forget about my surroundings and everything that stresses me out. If I'm sad and I listen to happy music, my mood always improves. I completely agree with this view, and it's very interesting to see that music "is utilized by many experts in treating depressed or anxious patients". This is super cool!

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  19. Music always has an impact on my life and emotions.
    Music is definitely stress free for me, for when I get angry or tired.
    Music has always been a getaway for me because when I get stressed out or need a break, I can put on my earbuds and listen to different music from bands or singers.
    I definitely agree with the article because, according to the article, it says that music helps us to become better, happier, and soothe our body and mind.
    Also, I love to listen music for when I do homework or relax.

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  20. Music is therapeutic for me. Whenever I have a big test, I play "X Gon' Give it to Ya" by DMX, so that I remain confident and can start things strong. Cake's "The Distance" marked every cross country race or track meet, but when I'm running alone, "Car Radio" by 21 Pilots is essential. Late night physics cram sessions wouldn't be complete without "Hacking to the Gate" from the Steins;Gate soundtrack on repeat.
    So I know firsthand the affect music can have on your mood - I use it to set my own for the correct occasion. What I didn't know is there's an actual affect on your brain. It's interesting to read that brain waves can be effected by sound, and that this can last for longer than the music itself.

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  21. I found this article super interesting because I can totally relate to it. I am always listening to music, and depending on what I'm listening to it kind of mirrors my mood. By listening to either happy songs or songs that I connect to a happy memory, I am able to boost my mood. I found it really cool that they are able to use music to help people recovering from a stroke, and those with stutters.

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