How Music Affects the Mind

Music has been proven to affect the mind in diverse ways, whether it be positively or negatively. People often use music to affect our minds, some even use music to affect their emotions. For example, using calming music during relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, or listening to fast-paced music while doing chores.

 Little did we know that restaurant owners often use music to affect us. For instance, the music inside of a restaurant is often fast paced because people eat more food more quickly when the music is at a faster pace.

Our minds are hardwired to react to different types of music. Whether it is calming or puts us on alert, that reaction is programmed deeply into the chemistry of the mind. To prove this, scientific researchers Warren Broadsky and Zack Slor set up an experiment testing how we react to music by getting some student driver volunteers to test out their theory.

When it was time to get behind the wheel, the students reacted differently at the various types of music playing, which was the suspected result. When listening to techno and hard rock, they struggled to pay as much attention to the road and didn’t react as quickly on turns or when they had to break. 

This does not mean that everyone should sit in a car in complete silence. The reaction was often small, and did not affect the drive too much. In the long run, music in all instances will be more beneficial for people than harmful. Music can improve memory and IQ scores and can even increase creativity. 

Some student thoughts on music:

“I can’t study without listening to music. It helps me think.” Anonymous 

“Music helps me concentrate, in a way, meditate. Music is like art so when I’m not looking at art I’m listening to it.” Manaury M.

“Music is a big stress reliever, it takes away the world’s problems. I have great memories from listening to and singing along to country music by Garth Brooks on long road trips. Music has also helped me with seizures a lot in the past.” Tyler W.