This is your brain on music

March 16, 2020 by share splitz

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” — Plato.

Music is more than just sound. More than simple notes strung together. More than words set to a melody. Music gives meaning to our emotions. It connects us in ways that words alone cannot. And it is meant to be experienced and shared. Yet, today’s technology, while amazing, often makes it a more difficult to share and experience music (and other audio) with those around us. That’s where Splitz comes in. Sharing musical moments and making connections is the heart and soul of what we do. Our headphones, with build-in splitters, give you the opportunity to instantly plug in and share those musical moments with friends and family.

So, why is music such a core part of our human existence?

Scientists have known for a while now that listening to music has a bounty of physical and mental benefits: It reduces blood pressure, causes the release of dopamine and even improves muscle function. Though music clearly affects our brains, scientists didn’t know what caused those mental changes on a molecular level — until now.

Scientists at the University of Helsinki have made the amazing discovery, published in online magazine PeerJ (peerj.com), that listening to classical music actually alters the function of your genes.

“Scientists took blood samples from study participants before and after listening to Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216,” the online magazine reported. “Scientists found that the music directly affects human RNA, suggesting that listening to music has even more surprising benefits than previously thought. It affects the very core of your biological being.”

“This is an unprecedented amount of insight into how exactly music influences human beings. Scientists have previously used PET scans to watch the brain as it processes music. But with the introduction of genomics, scientists can look even closer by sampling blood and identifying its molecular properties.”

A total of 48 people participated in this study, and they were split into two groups: those who had musical experience and those who were inexperienced. What the researchers found in the experienced group was striking.

“Music does all this by getting the good genes moving — specifically, those that help with mood, memory, learning and basic brain function,” PeerJ reported. “But music also slows down bad genes that cause brain degeneration, meaning that listening to music actually acts like a brain shield. The genes affected are the same genes that help songbirds learn new songs. This suggests that there may actually be a shared, deep evolutionary background between our love of music and birds’ use of music — a link some classical musicians may already have intuited.”

Just think of the possibilities. When you discover a song you want to share with others, just add Splitz and you’ll be on your way to opening new minds to some of the greatest music ever made.