Music vs Brain Essay

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How Music Affects Memory A University of the Science student enters the quiet, peaceful library with his fat backpack filled with textbooks and notes. Trying not to make any noise, he carefully puts his stuff down on a desk, and one by one takes out his textbook, laptop, pen, and iPhone. He plugs his earphones in his ears and starts studying for an upcoming exam. Students listen to music wherever they go; however; will it be beneficial when studying? Will music affect students’ learning ability or will it be a distraction and prevent them from learning more? In this science college, there are many terms and definitions to memorize. Students in University of the Sciences are interested of the effects of music in memory consolidation. Listening to different genres of music can help or destroy the memory control in the brain. Whether students are listening to instrumental, live, or any genre of music, both the frontal and temporal lobes are activated. The frontal and temporal lobes are where information is received, specific body movement occurs and sounds and languages are interpreted. (Landau, 2012, P. 1) Many other brain cells work together to differentiate between the rhythm, melody, and the pitch. Music with lyrics activates the Broca’s and Wernicke’s area to process the language information. The visual cortex allows listeners to visualize the image of the changes in pitch and tone, while it also triggers neurons in the motor cortex causing body movement. The cerebellum also activates to determine what song to listen next based on the other songs that were listened to. Listening to different music also increases dopamine levels in the body. After hitting the “right song” when playing a playlist, it creates a rush of dopamine causing the happiness feeling just like eating a piece of chocolate or candy. (Zatorre, 2013, P. 1) A piece of music or a lyric is also

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