Musical Mindset


Music is everywhere.  On subways, iPads, phones, etc.  Even in our own heads.  Ive found out recently that music has a profound effect on our cognitive processing.  When we listen to a song, our mind automatically picks an emotion to tie into that particular song.  Why do you think music is the primary accompaniment to plays, movies, and TV?  We can directly relate the music to an emotion that helps portray an image or an idea.  Have you ever listened to a song and then find yourself internally singing that song over and over?  Well I think, and this is just my opinion, that is our minds way of first experiencing an emotion for a particular event in our lives.  Now, I am going to write about my thoughts on our subconscious a little later, but music I believe is allowing our subconscious reflect on the event at hand.  It frees our frontal lobe to process the actual event but the subconscious is processing the emotion.  Initially, our brain has two responses: sympathetic and parasympathetic.  Sympathetic means that our brain goes into an initial fight or flight response.  For example, when our alarm clock goes off in the morning, our initial response is we jolt out of sleep and quickly decipher if we are late or whatever the case may be. Then, once we turn the alarm clock off or hit snooze our brain starts to slow everything down and then we make deductions on how to start our day.  How does this tie into music? Well, our emotions are directly related to our initial response of fight or flight and since music directly affects our emotions, we can deduce that music can affect both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems in our brains, depending on what emotion the music brings out.  Thank you for allowing me to share my thought with you!

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