People's Reaction to Music By Alexis

Music is a crucial for us. It affects us in many ways, such as how we see things, our emotions, moods, characteristics, our memory, and physical strength. However, what do we really know about what it may do to us? “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” said Plato, one of the greatest philosopher of all times. We all know that music can affect people’s life greatly, both physically and mentally. Music can also affect our emotions and mood in some ways. However, scientists discovered that what happens inside us when we listen to music is complicated.

Reactions of People’s Emotions

One Study showed that after hearing a short piece of music, participants were more likely to interpret a neutral expression as happy or sad, to match the music they heard. Also, there are are two kinds of emotions related to music that breaks up the expressions, happy and sad. Those are perceived emotions and felt emotions.This means that sometimes we can understand the emotions of a piece of music without actually feeling them, which explains why some of us find listening to sad music enjoyable, rather than depressing. Even sad music brings most listeners pleasure and comfort. A 2013 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people who listened to upbeat music could improve their moods and boost their happiness in just two weeks.

Reaction to People’s Characteristics to Music

Moderate noise level can improve creativity. Also, when we struggle (just enough) to process things as we normally would when listening to music, we move to more creativity and mental toughness.

Mental Health Reaction to Music

Music affects our memory. Since memories are spread throughout neurological pathways, music evokes memories in large areas. Listening to music provides a mental workout for our brain. The way it engages all four lobes of the brain makes it an incredible tool for building neural circuitry in developing mental health. Daniel Levitin, a leading researcher in music psychology, explained, “The visual cortex is also active during music listening because listeners are imagining movement of imagining watching a performer.” A visual cortex is the part of the cerebral cortex that receives and processes sensory nerve impulses from your eyes.

Physical Reaction to Music

There are many physical reactions to music. Physical reactions often occur as a result of emotional reactions. Music often causes blood to pump into the muscles in our legs, which many believe is what causes people to tap their feet. Also, changes in pulse, blood pressure, and respiration can occur while listening to a song, as a result of the emotional response. Music is known to decrease stress hormones. Therefore, music can also bring forth laughter, tears, and chills in the listeners.

Musical Thrills

People who are strongly affected by music sometimes say that it gives them chills down their spine and makes their hair stand on end. These are called piloerection, or musical thrills. A group of scientists monitored people’s physical reactions when listening to four short musical pieces. They found that some of the listeners' responses, specifically short-term increases in heart-rate and in respiration depth, were consistent with the physiological reactions usually associated with non-crying sadness

Music can give you different types of reaction, such as our emotions, characteristics, mental health, and physical reaction. It can also give you musical thrills. Scientists discovered that what music does to us is fascinated and complicated than what people ever thought about.

"Without music, life would be a mistake." said Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher.


Neurological: the science of the nerves and the nervous system

Evoke: to recall

Neural circuity: functional entity of interconnected neurons that is able to regulate its own activity

Visual cortex: the part of the cerebral cortex that receives and processes sensory nerve impulses from your eyes.

Cerebral cortex: the furrowed outer layer of gray matter in the cerebrum of the brain

Sensory nerve: a nerve that carries sensory information toward the central nervous system

Sources:, Music.mic,, healthline

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