Emotional Effects of Music

Most people listen to music for the emotionality it adds to their lives. It certainly can have a powerful effect on our affect. It is thought that the emotional ties to music are neurologically similar to the emotional bonds we form with one another, which would, at least in part, explain why, despite the huge variation in cultures throughout the world, music is a commonality between all humans. Well-constructed music is quite effective in resonating with the emotional systems of our brains, causing feelings not unlike those experienced when seeing a loved one or sharing an intimate moment with another individual. The effects of music on the emotional systems of the brain will be discussed in the following sections of the website.