It is no secret that music is capable of doing amazing things to the mind. Music and emotion are nearly one in the same. If you are like most people, you have your favorite tunes and you may even have a certain type of music that you like to play for different situations and emotions. Even if you are not a musician, music is a big part of nearly every person’s life. Think about it—can you remember a single day that you did not listen to music or hum a catchy tune? Not many people can say “yes” to this question.
Though you know you like music, you might not even realize the affects that it has on your mind. Music affects many different parts of the brain. This is why certain kinds of music are capable of conjuring specific feelings and mental images. Your brain responds differently to different types of music. For this reason, music is used in therapeutic sessions to help clients to overcome difficult situations, such as substance abuse.
Perceived Emotions and Felt Emotions
A person can experience emotions in two different ways when they hear a piece of music. This is rather remarkable, especially since a short tune can impact a person’s response to a neutral image. Nevertheless, some people are affected in different ways than others. Perceived emotion is hearing a song and knowing that it is sad or happy without physically experiencing the feeling. This is why some people can listen to melodies that sound sad and thoroughly enjoy them. Other people cannot listen to a sad song without feeling the emotion of sadness. This is known as felt emotion.
Ambient Noise and Creativity
Though a loud and powerful tune might make you feel pumped up and ready to take on the world, this is not the kind of music that is suggested when one is attempting to tap into their creative side. Moderate noise is perfect for creativity because it promotes abstract processing. When you are struggling just a bit more than normal to process information, it forces the mind to take a more creative route without being overwhelming.
Music Can Improve Motor Skills and Reasoning
Studies have shown that children who learned a musical instrument had better motor skills and reasoning performance than those who did not. These children also had a stronger vocabulary and were better at understanding and analyzing new information. Music provides youth with essential skills that really have nothing to do at all with music. The brain is nurtured in ways that are quite magnificent.
Music Therapy for Addiction Recovery
Music can be used to address social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs of clients who are seeking addiction recovery services. Many are overcoming their addictions by attending music therapy, where they sing, dance, listen to songs and create their own music. If you would like more information, visit our Music Therapy page or contact a representative with South Coast Counseling today.