Listening to classical music becomes an addiction when you start feeling the lyrics and allow the melody to get infused in to your mind. A lot of research has been done on the effects that classical music has on the brain, and the results have been proven true. The effects are more pronounced when you submerge yourself completely into the music and listen to it religiously without diverting your mind anywhere else. The rhythms harmonize with the vibrations present inside your mind and you feel intensely relaxed. Classical music is capable of mellowing down your agitated mind and soothing your senses in a unique way. We explain you further in the upcoming segment.
How Does Classical Music Affect the Brain
The two significant elements of classical music that make it so intensely appealing, are its rhythm and melody. The rhythm acts like a stimulant for the brain while the melody sparks up your mind. Melody and rhythm when combined together affect the performance and organization of the brain in the positive direction.
Several studies have shown that production of serotonin is elevated in the brain when a person is engrossed in the music. It's a sleep inducing hormone, that also acts as an anti-depressant. Secretion of serotonin takes place when your brain is exposed to positive shock, like music, poetry, movies, etc. When your mind is tuned to the notes of classical music then you can automatically sense a pleasing aura around you. The soothing vibe that you feel around yourself is the outcome of serotonin which is released under the effect of classical music. Scientists also say that, classical music can bring down the levels of hormone cortisone, whose excessive presence can cause anxiety, stress and depression.
Instrumental classical music from India and other Eastern countries has a spellbinding effect on the brain. Classical music played with instruments, like santoor, sarod, sitar and flute can rejuvenate your mind instantly. The harmony in the notes and the soft melody played can improve your concentration power. You can resort to this form of music while suffering from anxiety, exhaustion and restlessness. Classical music also encourages your creative instincts, which is a direct outcome of the effects it has on your brain.
The most pronounced is the effect of Mozart's 60 beat per minute composition of the baroque period. The Mozart Effect says that, improvement on the performance of spatio-temporal reasoning and short- term memory takes place through the listening of complex music, such as Mozart's two-piano concertos. The waves generated inside the brain has a specific amplitude and frequency. Listening to this particular form of music can influence the pattern of the waves produced inside the brain. It further improves your reasoning and cognitive abilities. As a consequence of change in frequency and amplitude of the waves, your brain responds quickly and it is able to process information more swiftly. You can read the book, 'The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit', written by Don Campbell for acquiring in depth knowledge about this phenomenon.
Exposing your child to classical music can also bring about significant changes in his brain. The IQ of your child is boosted up and his grasping power is also enhanced. Effects of classical music on babies has been reported with development of superior skills and talents. Infants brought up in an ambiance of different forms of classical music, like Beethoven's symphony, Mozart's piano or Hindustani classical music have higher spatial IQ. Considerable improvement in functioning of the neurons was observed that further sharpens their knowledge and intellect level. In short, the melody of classical music refines their ability to understand things.
I hope you have been delighted to know the positive effects of classical music on the brain. Make the intensely absorbing melody a part of your life and enjoy the bliss. Even expecting mothers can listen classical music once a day to rejuvenate their mind and keep themselves fresh and energetic.