The neuroscience of music

From Neuroscience News: If You Get the Chills From Music, You May Have a Unique Brain – calling it the “chills” really misses the point in my opinion. When I shared this with my husband he, too, felt that it was a ridiculously inadequate way to convey the profundity of the experience. We can become one with the music. It’s a pure experience of emotion. And for me it is even a transmission of truth that has no content. It simply is and the body recognizes it and in that way it is transformative and healing.

Music, sound, tones and dance as well, have all been very important parts of my healing journey. It has all aided in the process of healing neuroplasticity and thus, the transformation of my being.

Ultimately the way music works for me is indicative of yet another way the mystery of our interconnectedness with all things manifests.

See: Music and sounds for the soul — collection of links on topic.

also: Ecstatic dance

Been listening to this song on (endless) repeat on my iPod lately:

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4 thoughts on “The neuroscience of music

  1. Spotify and music services like that are brilliant for discovery. Spotify also have “mood” playlist which could be a good place to start.


  2. I have had depression since I was a teenager (now over 70), & music has been a life-saver for me. I love classical music & some New Age. I have Pandora playing a relaxing mix on my computer while I am on it, & my TV sometimes. I remember the first time I heard Pachelbel’s Canon in D, I cried. It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard. I listened to in endlessly for some time, sitting in a rocking chair & crying (before I “got used to it”). I dance around to Strauss waltzes, beat my drum to Carmina Burana. We NEED music! Research has shown healing effects (mental) of Mozart, & enhanced learning (he’s 1 of my favorite composers).

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