What Are Some Effects of Music on the Mind?

Listening to music can improve concentration, decrease stress and activate numerous sections of the brain at once. The positive effects depend on the tempo and type of music.

Slow music and the sounds of certain instruments may reduce anxiety, while fast music may increase focus and cheerfulness. As people enjoy music, their brains release dopamine, which can relieve pain and improve memory -- especially language-related memory. Listening to, singing or playing music together can help people connect with each other because they feel more trusting and generous. Skilled employees who listen to music may finish their work more quickly. Listening to music can also trigger parts of the brain that control motor activities and creativity, and it can heal sections damaged by disease or injury.