Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty
When people listen to music they enjoy, their brains drift into a resting daydream, regardless of the genre.
Some prefer the twangs of the steel guitar in country, others the soaring arias of opera. Yet despite individual preferences, people’s favorite tunes generate strikingly similar brain activity patterns and can even enhance their creative ability, according to new research.
We already know that emotional connections to music can be strong, but exactly how favorite melodies influence brain patterns is an ongoing area of discovery.
The researchers scanned the brains of 21 young adults using an MRI machine while piping in music recordings. Each person listened to a genre they liked, one they disliked and their favorite song.
Author: Marissa Fessenden
Info from: Smithsonian.com