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How does music alter your conciousness?

Asked by wundayatta (58617points) August 11th, 2008

Music seems to have this weird ability to worm it’s way into your brain, and make you feel different. It can calm you down; it can put you in a trance; it can excite you; it can involve you.

How does it do all that? What kind of impacts do you think music has on your consciousness? Does it affect your brain (if you think brain and conciousness are different)? What’s your experience. What’s your explanation, if you have one.

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wildflower's avatar

This article offers a pretty good explanation of the effects of music on the brain.

Personally, I would’ve just said it appeals to our emotions and whether light, heavy, upbeat, slow, etc. it will push your mood and feelings in that direction. But I think it’s different from person to person. What I’d consider angry music, someone else might consider energetic music and so on.

wilhel1812's avatar

Well, it helps me isolate my surroundings and become calm and able to concentrate on what i’m doing. Unless the song is to catchy that is. if it is i’ll just concentrate on the song :p

charliecompany34's avatar

music soothes you if you have the open heart to receive it. of course, all music is not soothing and it can enrage or incite undesirable emotions. for me, classical music puts me in an affluent mood. my car is washed. my house is clean. and i am drinking a glass of wine with my meal. jazz makes me feel cool and i start adoring the harmony of polished wood floors and framed art pieces. music from the ‘70s makes me feel nostalgic and remember youth and amusement parks and girls. and gospel music tugs at me heart and i get teary-eyed.

music does soothe the savage beast.

gailcalled's avatar

@Charlie; Lovely evocation.

_I just checked the original quote; “Music has charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”
William Congreve, The Mourning Bride,
English dramatist (1670 – 1729)_

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

It makes it able for me to focus on what I’m doing, concentrate only on myself and ignore the outerworld. I would be walking down the streets so freely while listening to music unlike if I wasn’t.

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