Music and Its Effects on our Creativity, Social Interaction, and Intellect

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Music enacts a change in our mood, sometimes for the better, sometimes not.

Music has been around since the very dawn of time, existing in nature and later developing structure as humans found their way on planet Earth. It has provided us with great benefits, particularly in the emotions department. And whether you admit it or not, we all have songs for almost every event of our lives.

I, admittedly, can create an album for every emotional episode I go through. In fact, I have a playlist for my every mood.

I have bubbly songs playing at work (to keep me from falling asleep), mellow songs I listen to pre-hitting the sack, motivating songs when I’m exercising, and of course, the “survival” songs when I am heartbroken.

But aside from being our life’s soundtrack, music has other benefits for us. Music is not only there for us to be stronger when we feel down, It’s also helpful for our creativity, social interaction, and intellectual capacity.

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The Effect of Music on Emotions

It is undeniable that music can stimulate our emotions, evoking different feelings like sadness, happiness, calmness, relaxing and nostalgic feelings. This emotional stimulation from music is because it activates areas in our brain that process sound features. It also activates the limbic brain areas associated with emotions and the prefrontal areas, which is connected to decision making .

Researchers theorized that one of the reasons music has a huge impact on our emotions is that our mirror neuron system is activated when music is being played. For example, when a sad music is in the air, this activation leads to emotional contagion, in which those who listen to it are also feeling the emotion of the song.

It may be due to the song’s pitch, volume, and timbre.

During the Greco-Roman empire, people believed music could penetrate the mind and body and create an equilibrium effect on both aspects. The Europeans of the 18th century believed music had the capability to heal.

Early civilization recognized the vital role that music plays in altering or suggesting emotions.

Indeed, music plays a big part on our emotions. If we are brokenhearted, we react accordingly when we hear music or songs that were connected to our failed relationships. We sometimes find ourselves in tears hearing a song that reminds us of these relational memories.

There are also points in our lives when we are feeling so low that listening to something inspirational can often alter our negative mood into a positive one.

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The Effect of Music on Attainment and Creativity

Music is also said to enhance one’s creativity and attainment. This theory was supported by studies in the United States on about 45,000 children in which researchers found out the strong association between music and attainment of tasks.

Music could also make us enter into a “wandering mode”. This wandering mode enables us to daydream or imagine things, which sometimes stimulate our creative side.

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The Effect of Music on Social Interaction

Those who undergo musical training are said to be more cooperative and coordinated than their non-musically trained counterparts.

This is probably because people who play an instrument or sing usually work with other people; hence, they should learn how to interact and communicate with others, making them more open to social interaction.

The Effect of Music on Intellectual Capacity

Did you know that music does not only stimulate emotions, but it could make people a little bit smarter? You heard that right, music could make people more intelligent.

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Several studies found out that people who are into music, or those who have undergone musical training show an increase in brain plasticity. Brain plasticity is the innate ability of the brain to change shape and get bigger in response to learning or training.

Furthermore, there is a significant difference in terms of structures of auditory and motor cortices in the brain and other brain areas between musicians and non-musicians.  In some studies, they found out that musicians tend to have a bigger and structured brain areas compared to non-musicians. Also, many other studies show that musical training also affects other domains such as verbal intelligence and executive functions, which often lead to better academic performance.

The Effect of Music on General Well-Being

Aside from the effects of music on emotions, intelligence, and creativity, it also has an impact on a person’s well-being, either in a positive or a negative way. For example, during the Nazi regime, music had been used to torture and manipulate victims in some parts of Europe. Music torture was done by means of playing a loud sound for days to add more psychological agony to the targets.

While music could be used in a negative way to infuse negative well-being, it could also impact people in a positive manner.

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Since certain types of music have the ability to make people calm and relaxed, music is helpful for people who are depressed. We all know what depression can do to our body especially on our emotions and psychological health, so taking at least part of our depressive symptoms through music can make a big difference.


Music has been part of our existence, and it is hard to imagine life without music.

It’s hard to figure what a wedding would be without that wedding march song, a festivity without those drumbeats and other musical instruments, a concert without songs, drums and guitars, a dance number without music.  Imagine a movie or your favorite show without sound effects.

Dull, isn’t it?

So, enjoy the world with a colorful and wide array of music. We are lucky these days that we can have them through different gadgets such mobile phones, iPod, computers, TV, and more. These devices not only allow us to listen to our favorite songs, it also lets us practice with our instruments better.

Another set of devices we are lucky enough to have today are speakers. Through them, we can clearly listen to our choice of songs or our recorded sound. And one good choice of speakers perfect for audio listening is the sound bar. It doesn’t need complex installation plus it does not create a whole in your pocket.

Author Bio:

Erin Taylor is the founder of YouthTune, a music adventurer. I love learning about music and audio devices, which I eventually share with others so that they too can go on exploring the melodious world of music.



  1. I am a guitarist with a number of genres under my belt, I have style, and am a professional man. I’ve been sitting at home creating great songs.The only problem is I don’t know the first thing about how to get into the music business. Do I need to go to Europe?

  2. Thomas Victory says:

    How about CORRECT SPELLING and its effects on the mind? AFFECT, a term from psychology, denotes feeling or emotion so induced, not the precipitator thereof.


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