According to research, our body responds to music stimuli since various body functions take place by the time music penetrates in our ears. The sounds turn into stimuli which are transferred by the auditory nerves to the brain chamber, which transmits feelings and senses.
Then a procedure follows during which the brain chamber is stimulated and the celebral cortex is activated. Afterwards, the celebral cortex transmits stimuli to the brain chamber and this creates a vibration network, which is reinforced as long as music lasts. When we listen to music we express several body reactions like shaking our head, hands or legs. The brain chamber, hypothalamus, the cerebellum and the cerebral hemispheres play an important role in the processing of musical tones and rhythms, turning them into recognizable musical structures and giving them mental and emotional sense. The hypothalamus, which is connected to the chamber with nerve pathways, regulates metabolism, sleep, waking up and other bodily functions. Through this, the stimuli of music are transferred to other brain centers. Around the chamber is the center of emotions, which operates in interaction with the endocrine system, which in turn affects the breathing, pulse, blood circulation and secretions of various glands.
- Briefly music affects –among others– the following body functions:
- heart rate and pulse
- the rate of respiration
- blood pressure
- muscle tension and muscle tone
- the volume of blood
- cutaneous temperature
- reflective pupil
- blood oxygenation
- hormonal secretions