Music can decrease stress levels, influence creativity, and become tied to memories that define who we are.
Frontiers in Neuroscience
A study published Monday in the journal Frontiers In Neuroscience showed that the experience of musical chills was linked to increased theta waves (brain activity that follows regular oscillations) power in the orbitofrontal cortex.
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A 2020 study published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology analyzed the songs that celebrities said they would bring with them to a desert island. They pulled that data from BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
Memories from teenage or early adult years are “disproportionately available” in old age, the authors note.
Other researchers call this the “reminiscence bump” which means that during early adult and teen years, the brain is taking more memory snapshots compared to other periods.