Music, the Killer App

By Thiago Kodic '16

Thiago Kodic '16

Thiago Kodic '16

In the past ChiBus has explored how music helps you get better grades, and better jobs. While this all felt like fun and games, the truth is that we all know music changes our mood, accesses our memories, and can help shape our experiences through life.

Evolutionary speaking, one hypothesis claims that music’s value lies in its ability to help us cope with cognitive dissonance, that uncomfortable feeling of finding something that contradicts our beliefs. Another is that it helps cement social bonds. Whatever it was that helped it survive the caveman period and last until today, we can only be grateful for it: regardless of what style you listen to, it is an exceptional use of our hearing ability, and the fact that it can help us become better people is an added bonus.

The music brain

The music brain

Below are some useful, science-based benefits that music gives us:

·       For kids, taking music lessons increases their IQ

·       Musicians tend to have better mental abilities in their old age

·       With the right playlist, it can change your mood to fit your needs (also the mood of whoever is with you, ahem)

·       Listening to music releases dopamine, reducing stress and anxiety, making us feel better

·       Helps with pain management, reducing pain levels in patients undergoing surgery

·       Improves immune system functioning

·       Aids in memory retention (especially useful for studying!)

·       Better exercise: not only will music help you get motivated to go that extra mile, it can also help your body work more efficiently only if the music is faster and synchronous with your movement, though.

So go join a band for Battle of the Bands, sing for Economies of Scale, get some live music in Chicago, or simply go play Rock Band with some friends! Things could only get better for you.

 

Thiago is a wannabe rockstar and thinks music is awesome.