Effects of Classical Music on the Mind

Music is often used as a motivational factor due to its involvement with how the human brain works.
Classical music triggers the dopamine section of the brain which then activates the synaptic section, making information processing and transfer much quicker.
Classical music is also often used in therapy to help calm subjects and to allow them to focus on certain tasks.
The flowing and repetitive melody helps to offer listeners comfort and enhanced thinking levels.
Music is also used to set certain moods at events or even for movies and video games.
Certain classical songs may be played at weddings, such as Pachelbel's Canon in D, which possess a very beautiful melody and a steady cadence that create a light and playful mood.

what's so special about classical music?

Classical music is one of many genres of music. It is characterized by being written in the 1800's, is an orchestral or choral work, and has a very light yet bold feel. It typically evokes strong emotions from the listener and can be used as a tool for therapy and brain functionality.


Bell, T. P., McIntyre, K. A., & Hadley, R. (2016). Listening to Classical Music Results in a Positive Correlation Between Spatial Reasoning and Mindfulness. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 26(3), 226-235. doi:10.1037/pmu0000139

This article goes into depth about how music effects different people in different ways and also has to do with the type, tempo, and rhythms of the music itself.

Case, E., & Else, L. (2003, November 29). We can work it out: music therapy sounds like another of those new-age techniques designed to soothe stressed executives. In fact, it's something far more profound that may reach the parts other therapies cannot. New Scientist, 180(2423), 43. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GPS&sw=w&u=wood17828&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA111062711&asid=fcb2ff70384fd8da2809c826ca528779

This source helps to explain music's therapeutic qualities and shows evidence that suggests that it is better than modern practices.

Premature Babies' Pain Reduced by Music. (2008, June). National Right to Life News, 35(6), age 15. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GPS&sw=w&u=wood17828&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA180512916&asid=c4b8c13df01921e2d6b9ad441121d853

This source helped to explain music and its effects on a baby human being, in the sense that it calms and helps to reduce the pains in the developing child.

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