Research Paper Final Draft

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Humans, according to a study on the interaction between human individuals conducted by Keith Devlin and Duska Rosenberg of Stanford University, were made to communicate and spread ideas through mediums of different sorts – examples of such mediums are actions, words, and art. Music alone covers two of such mediums – words and art. No matter who you are, where you are from, or what you enjoy doing, one should attempt to enjoy music of any sort, because not only does it inspire creativity, but it also makes those who listen feel good, and ultimately, is what life is worth living for.

Creativity, the center of all human creation; the basis of all technology, games, and products we encounter every day. Without inventiveness and innovation, humans would be stuck living in the past – a past where mistakes, inefficiency, and barbarism were prevalent, and crime, immorality, and injustice ruled the streets – as noted in the book “This is Your Brain on Music” by Daniel Levitin. Instead, a community with stimulations and inspirations thrive and survive. “Music is one of the greatest ways to enter “mind-wandering mode,” which can unlock creativity,” writes Adams, both a music enthusiast and an article writer for The Huffington Post. “The right music pushes you into this mind-wandering state… you relax and you let your thoughts flow from one to another, and that’s how you get into creativity.” However, not only does music inspire creativity, it also inspires other peers and people to create their own music. Borrowing ideas, sampling, and remixing are all frequent in the music industry – take a look at the song “Butterflies and Hurricanes” by Muse. Matthew Bellamy, the lead singer and songwriter of the band, does not hesitate to include and take inspiration from a famous music piece by Sergei Rachmaninoff during the songs’ interlude. “With Rachmaninoff,  Lizst, and Chopin, there’s a mystery to the music, it’s much more abstract and much more able to stimulate your imagination,” Bellamy declared in an interview with keyboardmag.com.  The fact that music can prompt imagination, spawn innovative pieces, and instigate creativity is what makes it such an interesting medium – unique and identifiable to human beings.

Moreover, music can improve a person’s mood both mentally and physically. It has been proven in many studies and experiments that our mental health can improve when listening to the correct kinds of music. Boothby, an avid music fan and an author for the online health site Healthline, claims that music can affect our moods. In an experiment conducted by Stanford University, being exposed to music consistently with an upbeat and cheerful quality lead to participants having contented moods and boosted happiness levels – all effects were observed within a two week period. However, positive effects of music were not only observed for mental health, but also in physical health. According to a recent study conducted by the British Journal of Psychiatry and published in the book “This is Your Brain on Music”, when playing or listening to music, certain chemicals will be released into your body. Increased antibody, oxytocin and dopamine levels will be observed, which increases your bodies’ defenses, boosts pleasure levels and amplifies happiness, respectively. Another study conducted by Stanford University and documented by Levitin in his book “This is Your Brain on Music” concluded that when listening to a new piece of classical music, different people show the same patterns of synchronized activity in several brain areas, suggesting some level of universal experience. Also, they concluded that music, which has no intrinsic value, could trigger profoundly rewarding experiences.

Furthermore, without music, there would be next to nothing to live for in life. It is music that continues to push us forward everyday; it is the ability to create music that gives us optimism and hope. It is our capability to create and affect others with such immense positivity and creativity that gives us meaning and life.

However, music does not only have positive effects on the human body. In the article ‘The Harmful Effects of Music on Body and Mind’ by Roberto Assagioli, the author states that in songs that have negative lyrics or dark meanings to it, the entire piece has a harmful and depressing effect on the human body. He then further gives an example using the classical music composer, Chopin, stating that “this kind are certain pieces by Chopin, notably his nocturnes, in which that unhappy soul has given vent to his poignant melancholy and to his weakness and homesickness. They have contributed to the cultivation of that languid and morbid sentimentality which afflicted the young women of the romantic period of the last century.” However, it is quite obvious to anyone, that ‘what you sow is what you reap’ – listening to encouraging and upbeat songs will have a positive effect on one’s body, and listening to degrading and depressing songs will have the opposite effect.

In conclusion, not only does positive and encouraging music inspire creativity, but it also makes those who listen feel good, and ultimately, is what life is worth living for – and this is why no matter who you are, you should make an effort to enjoy music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Citations used:

Assagioli, Roberto. “The Harmful Effects of Music on Body and Mind.” The Unbounded Spirit, 23 Dec. 2016, theunboundedspirit.com/the-harmful-effects-of-music-on-body-and-mind/.

Boothby, Suzanne. “How Music Affects Our Moods.” Healthline, Healthline, 3 Aug. 2016, http://www.healthline.com/health-news/mental-listening-to-music-lifts-or-reinforces-mood-051713.

Devlin, Keith, and Duska Rosenburg. “Information in the Study of Human Interaction.”Information in the Study of Human Interaction, 2006, pp. 1–25. Stanford University.

Levitin, Daniel J. This Is Your Brain on Music: the Science of a Human Obsession. New York, NY, Dutton, 2006.

Walter, Darern. “Interview with Matthew Bellamy of the Band Muse.” Keyboardmag.org, Keyboardmag, 4 June 2004, http://www.keyboardmag.com/story.asp?sectioncode=29&storycode=9057.

 

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