The Science of Music Shows Why It's a Drug That Feels So Good

AsapScience took a look at how music effects humans and it's not unlike a drug: your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, your brain gets into a tizzy and that all important dopamine (the thing that makes you feel good) gets released into your body. Listening to music chemically alters our body. Listening to music is a drug.

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And that's awesome! I'm all for doing more drugs! Especially if it doesn't ruin your life (and though music can get addictive, it's not going to turn you into a meth head). And even though the world listens to completely different music, AsapScience says the chemical effect of music is consistent throughout all humans. We're all just a slave to that dopamine. [AsapScience via The Atlantic]

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They answer the "why music is evolutionarily important" question right in the video. The cultural factor. You hang out with your cultural equals (those who make music you like) results in pleasure (release of dopamine). This would keep you safe and is a positive reinforcement. Safe behavior (hanging out with your peeps) yields feel good.