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Why music makes you feel emotional
Music has been around almost as long as humans have, and is a universal occurrence in all human societies. We sing songs, we dance to music and we listen to playlists when driving to and from work; there is almost no aspect of our lives that does not use music to enhance the experience. Whether it is the radio softly playing in the background while you’re doing the dishes, that soundtrack during a powerful emotional scene in a movie, or that annoying tune of that one commercial you just can’t seem to get out of your head. We sing to our children to make them calm down and go to sleep, and we put on our iPods to pump ourselves for that 5 mile run. On a bright sunny day, upbeat music can have you skipping down the sidewalk with happiness, while on a drab, melancholy day, gloomy music might make you feel the need to shed a tear or two.
Scientist believe that music can be one of the most effective triggers of powerful emotions in people, but why is it that music can make us feel good? And on the other hand, if music can also make you feel such negative emotions like sadness and anger, why would we continue listening to it?
In short, what is the neuroscience behind music?