Findings of a study have revealed that people love music for much the same reason why they are drawn to gambling, drugs, and delicious food. Researchers of the study found that your brain releases dopamine when you listen to or anticipate hearing the music that you like.
Study researcher and McGill University neuroscientist Valorie Salimpoor said that the findings offer explanation as to why music has been around for so long. Music has long been involved in major emotional events among different cultures worldwide.
In the study, researchers found that the reward and reinforcement associated with music can be attributed to dopamine, a neurotransmitter that play an important role in the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.
Salimpoor and colleagues studied eight music lovers who listened to music that gave them intense pleasure. After 15 minutes of listening, the researchers injected the participants with a radioactive substance that binds to dopamine receptors. Using a PET scanner, the researchers were then able to determine if the substance circulated through the listeners’ blood, which showed if a lot of dopamine have already been released.
The researchers found that the participants’ brains released large amounts of dopamine when they listened to tunes that gave them intense pleasure or chills. After determining that dopamine was behind the participants’ pleasure of music, the researchers again played the moving music for them.
Scanners then showed that the brain released dopamine during the phase when the participants anticipated the music and the time when the chills hit in full force. These two surges notably occurred in different areas of the brain.
Music cognition experts said that the findings suggests that just like drugs and sex, music may be mildly addictive. The study also provide a new way for researchers to study the link between dopamine and the feelings of reward, pleasure and motivation.
The happiness and pleasure that music brings are among the very reasons why parties and events are associated with singing and dancing.
One way for your guests to enjoy the social gathering you organize is to provide them with quality musical entertainment. Bialek Music will be happy to help you plan your next event so you can provide your guests with the best musical entertainment possible.