Music 's Effect On Our Emotions And Actions

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Music cannot directly cure diseases such as cancer, but it can remarkably relieve the aches and pains that affect the patient 's. In discussions of music, one controversial issue has been whether or not music can actually affect our mood, feelings and actions. On one hand, researchers argue that the music you listen to will affect your output on life. On the other hand, some researchers believe music does not affect mood or action. However, others that are in between believe music can only affect your mood to a certain point, before causing you to act out. My own view on the subject is that music will affect your output with your mood and actions, due to the fact that music paints a picture in your mind. Music has such an important impact in human life that it has the ability to change your actions and mood, just with the picture it paints in your mind, which influences how your brain connects, feels, and responds to music. Music has been around since the beginning of evolution, when we first started to form a connection to music in our brains. This connection leads researchers to believe music can have the ability to affect a person’s moods and actions. In Chicago, where the crime rate is incurably out of control, music has been linked to murders, credit card scams, and robberies. An upcoming Chicago rapper named Lil JoJo was shot and killed on September 4, in a drive by shooting. “Coleman and the other rappers have chanted slogans associated with rival gangs and exchanged heated words and veiled threats through tweets and songs posted on YouTube” (Rana 1). This feud began over music videos posted on YouTube of the gang shouting and carelessly throwing up gang signs. Chief Keef blew up in the Chicago music scene with the singl... ... middle of paper ... ...eady taste in music will have a lesser feeling of euphoria or other symptoms explained earlier. While listening to your familiar favorite music, you may be more happier and uplifted, rather than negative and sluggish listening to someone else’s, which you are unfamiliar with (Levitin). The same study also reveals that listening to music that you like can in turn help you make positive decisions. When a listener was asked to listen to a song, their neural activity reflected how much money they would prefer to spend on the song. The amount of neural activity present in the brain while hearing the song is directly proportional to how much money the listener would be willing to spend to buy the song. The neural activity was scanned and was able to predict the outcome based on the amount of activity in the mesolimbic striatum. The more activity, the higher the price.

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