Mannered, at the most basic level, music registers in the mind as a recognisable sample in its surroundings. And the mind has evolved over millions of years to reply positively to recognisable patterns. So, when a song you like comes on, it sparks the mind’s reward centre by triggering the release of the hormone, dopamine. This lifts your temper, reduces anxiety and can boost production of the stress-reducing hormone, cortisol.
It is because recognisable patterns lowers the mind’s cognitive stress levels and produce cognitive ease — your mind gets the message that each one is accurately, and it can stop scanning the horizon, as it were, for threats (or opportunities). It can focus on anything it likes, instead, and that’s one reason music enhances creativity.
“Research has shown that the repetitive elements of rhythm and melody also help the mind form patterns that give a boost to reminiscence, which is why it’s easier to be informed things whether they’re put to a tune,” says neurologist Dr Shirish Hastak.
Overall, music works like a spa remedy for the mind. “We have also used music to help with rehabilitation after a stroke. Every now and then the person loses the ability to speak because of damage to the left mind, but could possibly sing as the correct side of the mind is intact. This has been used in a therapy called melodic intonation, to help the person reinforce their speech operate too,” Dr Hastak says.
So turn on your favourite tunes and sit down back with a smile; just retain the decibel levels sane or you’ll end up feeling fine, but needing an ENT.