Last Remarks

The research process I used was very efficient. I luckily could google a question and likely find an article, or study. But the issue is the articles usually leave the question open ended with no clear answer. The fact that most answers to my questions were “theory based” left me empty handed with facts. The author’s could not lie to you, and say this is exactly why this song makes you happy, Because everyone is different. I personally have some songs that make me happy, yet they are about some guys breakup, or they don’t have any words, its all my perception. Music psychology is all based around the individual’s experience. Through my research, if you asked me why, when you listen to this song, You can’t help but smile and dance? I could tell you a general answer from my research. The process also taught me how important it is to focus on all the different aspects of diagnosis, I indirectly chose my topics in the beginning to match. Connection is for the social aspect, Perception is for the Neurological aspect, and Emotion is for the psychological aspect. I realize now after how helpful this was to give me the best outcome of data.

If I had more time to study into this topic I would have been deep into the abyss. There are so many subtopics, yet again. Even after we broke off of our symbaloo, there are still even more things to explore! I think I would study into the neurological side more. That aspect interests me the most, I would try and understand and explain to the class how that actually impacts your brain process in the moment of listening. I would also look into why I think that there is more to music than just your brain, and I could get into the spiritual side.  This would help me answer the question because I could talk about the spiritual effect on a person, and why it gave them the significant of experience.

Some examples

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This Song is actually scientifically proven to be extremely relaxing, and gain its title “The Most Relaxing Song In The World”. This should be one song that is relatable to everyone as it instantly relaxes you. It should help everyone through exam week.

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Another thing I found was a study done to find the happiest and saddest songs of all time. They looked at physical impacts on the listener as well as characteristics of the song. Read more Here!

Sources

  1. Why Do Music and Art Move Us?
  2. Why Does Music Make Us Feel?
  3. Why Does Music Move Us So?
  4. Musical Thrills and Chills
  5. Who Gets Musical Chills and Why?
  6. Music Psychology
  7. How Do Our Brains Process Music?
  8. Music: Its In Your Head Changing Your Brain
  9. Cognitive Neuroscience Of Music
  10. How our Brains Process Music
  11. Music and The Brain
  12. The Importance Of Music
  13. Article
  14. Music And The Ties That Bind
  15. The Power Of Music
  16. Can Music Bring Other People Together?
  17. How Music Touches The Brain
  18. Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing
  19. One Love Peace Concert
  20. Musical Expression Of Mood States
  21. What Makes Music So Significant?
  22. Why Music Moves Us?

Conclusions

I have focused on answering my question, and I chose specific guidelines to get me to my answer. Everyone is vastly different, and music is a common ground, capable of very powerful connections and experiences. I looked into how powerfully music can bring people together. I explored the emotions and why we experience them when listening to music. And I looked into the aspects of neurology that play a role in the musical experience.  The result of my findings reinforced my understanding of the psychological scientific process, and I was able to answer my question.

When researching I looked for biological aspects, psychological aspects, and social aspects. This reflects onto the diagnosis of certain mentmusic-psychologyal conditions. And looking into all these aspects, gave me a very concrete answer, and supported my beliefs in the answer to the question: Is psychology a science or a pseudoscience? My answers leaded to yet again, yes and no. many of my facts are based on science, while others are based on hardly quantifiable experiments and theories. In the end what I learned about my question was very how music is so powerful. Music has always been a passion for me and I realized rarely do we stop to think what is going on in our brains, why we are experiencing an emotion, and how that car ride with my friends and the stereo blasting will be an unforgettable memory. I now knew why I loved music so much, and why it is such an important part of life, but I now know How.

 

 

Other Links:

Music And The Ties That Bind

The Power Of Music

Can Music Bring Other People Together?

 

 

 

The Brain and Music

The psychology of music became very interesting when I came along this Article. I was unsure of how much of the brain was used when you listen to the song, as soon as I saw the video and read the article I realized that its not just you hearing it. Its a prime example of the “Iceberg Effect” people are conscious that they know the song and that it gives them feelings, but little do they know, their brain is subconsciously triggering memories, and stimulating thoughts, while encouraging you to move.  The researchers found, “that listening to music activates not only the auditory areas of the brain, but also employs large-scale neural networks.” What can be taken from this is a much greater appreciation of music, if you don’t already have one. It’s not as simple as I thought. The psychological aspect is that depending on your experiences, and personality, the music will affect each person differently.  This made me question many things such as: How do people connect through music on the neurological side? How does music give you goosebumps? How does some music change peoples outlook, and influence them so much?

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What makes the musical experiences we have so significant?

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Due to the way our brains react to certain sounds and create connections to other people, Music is capable of inducing emotions and bringing people unforgettable experiences. Hearing a song represents more than just listening to something, it can bring back memories or trigger strong feelings and emotions, it is even capable of moving you. All the different aspects of music contribute to the affect, the rhythm, the key, the lyrics. What makes these experiences you have had with music so significant, is the connection music creates,  your emotions at the time you hear the music, and the way your brain perceives music.

Connection

Music has the ability to bring people together. From connecting to a crowd at a concert, to sitting next to a sibling and knowing all the words, you feel closer to those around you. The psychological aspect is because music can speak from the “soul”, where there are no words to be said music can do the talking. This may be good evidence that Psychology is a Pseudoscience because of an empirical take, but how else do we explain the phenomena? Music has brought people together in past cultures for spiritual connection, and is valuable to many religions.  When hearing some music you feel a connection to the artist’s or artist, your experience becomes paralleled  with theirs in certain feeling or events.

Emotion

When music is played and the type of song matches the situation or feeling you desire, music can be your aid.  “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”  (Hunter S. Thompson) This quote puts the feeling into perspective. Depending on what your brain wants music can bring you there. If you want to dance and sing and connect with people you don’t know, play a simple pop song. If you want to fall asleep and relax play some mozart. If you simply just want to get your mind of things, play a song that makes you happy.  The way music can act as fuel is all based on the dynamics of the song, what pitches and keys or notes played, determine what a certain person will feel and perceive. This can be a more psychological interpretation because people perceive songs differently, happy to one can be sad for another this is because we associate certain songs with moments in our lives.

Perception

The time at which you hear a song can greatly increase the emotion or feeling, due to the sensory experience.  This is a more psychological and Neurological aspect  of music. You naturally create sound waves during certain conditions. This means if a song contains these waves you are currently producing the feeling will be increased. On top of this, the way your brain processes music is quite a sensory experience, many areas of your brain are excited and are used to understand what we are listening to. Music is proven to help many psychological conditions along through therapy. It has such a prominent effect on your brain and emotions, that it creates these significant experiences.

LINKS

Why Do Music and Art Move Us?

Why Does Music Make Us Feel?

Why Does Music Move Us So?

Musical Thrills and Chills

Who Gets Musical Chills and Why?

Music Psychology

How Do Our Brains Process Music?

Music: Its In Your Head Changing Your Brain

Cognitive Neuroscience Of Music

How our Brains Process Music

Music and The Brain

The Importance Of Music