This file was created by and is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Music is a complex phenomenon – it affects us in multiple ways, and is used for many purposes. Most of the time music makes me glad to be alive, but I suppose this experience was more memorable because the emotion was so powerful. It only takes a few lyrics of the right song and you will immediately have a realization.
Love songs vary according to the culture and social environment in which they are composed. Local music fans will recognize bands such as Peeler, Sons Of Revelry, Harbour and the Ascot Royals. It is possible that the pattern of brain regions specifically activated by music pleasure, including the connection from auditory regions which perceive music to the reward centres, are slightly different in these individuals than in other people.
Remember… It’s okay not to be okay and when you’re not, let music do its magic. This might explain why some of the music anhedonics in this study still reported feeling some pleasure to music, even when their bodies weren’t along for the ride. Music does this in an unusual way, stimulating diverse parts of the brain simultaneously.
During my last years of living in Ljubljana before moving London we explored a gigantic repertoire of music from the 20th century. The problem has gotten so bad that, in 2015, vinyl record sales generated more income for music creators than the billions of music streams on YouTube and its competitors.
Musical Instruments have traditionally been available in music shops and stores but with the advent of the internet giving easy access and visibility, music stores have slowly moved online. Using fMRI technology, they’re discovering why music can inspire such strong feelings and bind us so tightly to other people.