Humans have been playing and listening to music since the dawn of time, so what makes it so appealing ?
Unlike other activities such as eating and drinking that are essential to our survival, the benefits of playing or listening to music aren't quite so obvious. Nonetheless, evidence of musical instruments dates back to the earliest humans and signs of music's cultural influence can be found all over the world. So what is it that makes music such an integral part of our lives ?
Scientist Valorie Salimpoor has been seeking an answer to this question for years. Based on her team's research, Salimpoor believes that the appeal of music lies in both its emotional and intellectual impact on the brain. Listening to a good song not only evokes an emotional response but also provides a direct intellectual reward as well in relation to pattern recognition and prediction within the brain.
"If making music isnít the most ancient of human activities, itís got to be pretty close."
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Source: TIME Magazine
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