The most melodic thing about music is that it’s universal. Everyone can find their own escape depending on their personality and situation. While we’re engrossed tapping our feet to some MJ or humming along with a Bach piece, it’s quite fascinating how the music is really training our brain. This is no ordinary training. It involves tapping into areas of the brain that have way more potential than we realize.
Music engages practically every area of the brain at once, especially the visual, auditory, and motor cortices. It makes these intricate connections by improving the function of the corpus callosum (the bridge connecting the two sides of the brain). That just means there is more communication and, hence, coordination between the left and right hemispheres.
Here’s how music helps your brain function better…
1. Develops Your Problem-solving Skills
Because music trains different parts of your brain—most areas and all at once—it is no wonder that you will soon become quite the intellectual. Connecting the dots between seemingly unrelated topics and foreseeing ten steps ahead (much like a professional chess player) will become second nature to you.
2. Enhances Your Creativity
You’ll become more creative in your approach to life. Whether it be how to get to work on time (you may opt for the bus instead of the sub) or which ingredient to add to give your soup the spunk its missing, you’ll be thinking out of the box.
3. Makes You Feel More
A study found that if you listen to a happy song and then see someone with a neutral facial expression, you think the person is happy. The same holds true for sad songs. So, it is no secret that music touches our deepest emotions. This affects whatever we do. A music exposed brain always keeps in mind the emotion factor.
4. Sharpens Your Memory
Music helps you create, store, and retrieve memories quickly and efficiently. As you watch your three year old cut her cake and smile to yourself, your music exposed brain will be quickly storing this memory and for years to come.
5. Helps You Plan Better
It is no surprise that with all that timely reasoning and memory recall your ability to look ahead gets the right amount of sharpening. Planning your day’s work, your business meetings, or even your summer vacation will be a walk in the park.
6. Hones Your Motor Skills
The gentle swaying or bobbing of your head as you hear a trending tune or the quick rhythmic movements of your fingers as you play the piano is a step toward developing fine motor skills. Unknowingly you will be honing your hand-eye coordination—a bonus in everything you do.
7. Improves Your Visual Attention
A study found that listening to music helps patients recovering from strokes improve their visual attention. Visual attention is the ability to selectively focus on certain objects in your visual field (like reading what’s written on your computer screen without being distracted by everything you can see behind your computer). Further research is needed, but the potential of music therapy is massive.
Hit that play button or pick up your guitar and start strumming to give your brain cells a good ol’ stretch. You’ll soon be enjoying a more wholesome, more practical way of life.