Music itself is a powerful medium. Throughout our society, music and their sub genres play an influential role in shaping our culture and lives we live. Through the constant evolution of new sounds, genres and artists, numerous benefits are created with the access to diverse types of compositions. Stanford ran a study on music and its engagement with areas of the brain, stating higher levels of performance in well being, attention, predictions, and updating events in memories were made with the influence of music on individuals. Although listening to music won’t make you smarter, research has shown that music can have positive influences in other ways.
“Shared brain resources of a music-motor imagery task and a mental calculation task. The functional magnetic resonance image on the left (A) shows significant activations of an fMRI experiment in which subjects were asked to imagine playing scales and short music phrases with their right hand compared to a visual imagery task of 4 objects. Contrasting motor imagery (MI) with visual imagery (VI) showed bilateral activations in the superior parietal lobe as well as around the intraparietal sulcus (IPS), medial superior precuneus region, premotor region, and the supplementary motor area (SMA). Significant activations are superimposed onto a standardized brain. The functional magnetic resonance images on the right (B) show the activation pattern of a mental subtraction task in which the subtraction task was contrasted with a letter-naming task (Chochon,1999). It is interesting to see the similarity in the activation pattern, in particular with regard to the parietal lobe activation.” (Stanford 2010)
This study shows that the body’s stress levels are able to drop due to a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol. Along with this, listening to upbeat music can increase the number of antibodies in your system which are crucial to identifying and eliminating harmful bacteria and viruses. Listening to cheerful music can distract you enough to take away your anxiety and help you perform better. This idea is that because music is represented by different areas of the brain, it can access deeper neural pathways. “Music then helps patients connect the stored knowledge of words through songs and helps create the new connections needed for speech. This same idea has been used for stroke victims in the past.” Music’s an example of this can refer to the hippocampus, as it may also implicate Alzheimer’s patients. With it’s positive benefits, an incorporation of music throughout within this project was a great way in ensuring a positive social reaction to digital artefact.