Music, dopamine and brain function

MRI of a healthy brainA study from McGill University in Canada has found that music causes a release of dopamine, a mood enhancing chemical, in the brain. Dopamine release is linked to other pleasurable events like eating chocolate, sex and success, and acts to “reward” us for behaviours that are beneficial to us. The study found that subjects had 9% higher levels of dopamine when listening to music that they enjoyed.

At the Eastern Brain Centre we often have people listen to certain types of music because of the brain benefits that it can produce.  This study reinforces this approach.  For more information about the study visit the BBC website or Nature Neuroscience where the study was published.

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