Music and the Mind
Music and Mental Health
Music Therapy for Mental Health
How does this work? Neurological researchers say that music changes the brain by triggering the release of different types of neurochemicals including serotonin and dopamine. Dopamine is thought to control the reward center in the brain and, when stimulated, helps patients feel better. Oxytocin, another chemical released by listening to music, helps people build meaningful connections with others. This feeling of connectedness is important for fighting depression, anxiety, and addictions.