28th Oct 2014

The Chemical Pleasure of Music in the Mind

New studies are showing that the music we enjoy is having a drug-like effect upon us. According to an article in the New York Times, the music we love releases dopamine into our systems, creating pleasurable sensations within us. Well, that part of the information may not be totally new, but researchers have also found that this neurotransmitter is also released right before the “peak emotional moment”, the moment we feel a sense of deep satisfaction. Dopamine has a role in recording whether or not our predictions occur, which may be why dopamine is released during these times. Anticipation is key. Read more here: Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing