Music affects the human brain in the same way as food and sex, according to a new study.
Brain scans of subjects listening to music demonstrated that it triggers a dopamine release, with the level of the hormone increasing during a song’s peak – this reaction is the same as the one seen after eating food or during sex.
The study, which is outlined in a video on Life Noggin, found that several areas of the brain react to music, including those for movement, motor planning, the auditory cortex and attention.
It also showed the brain’s reaction is the same regardless of what music you listen to, but it did find the response to sounds like background noise is much different.
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