Plato had it right when he espoused the merits of music: “I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning,” he said. Decades later, as science, music and philosophy have all progressed, we learn that music is more than just beautiful noise — it can affect our health, too.
Read on to learn more about some of the health benefits of music.
1. Helps stimulate your left brain
In the theory of left and right brain dominance, proponents believe that each side of the brain controls different types of thinking: The left-brain is said to be the side of logic, reason and organization, while the right fosters creativity. The areas of our brain that process music and language are thought to be shared, too, and a recent study from the University of Liverpool only confirmed that. How so? New research found that musical training might increase blood flow to the left hemisphere of the brain.
“It was fascinating to see that the similarities in blood flow signatures could be brought about after just half an hour of simple musical training,” said Amy Spray, who conducted the research as part of an internship.