The Psychology Of Music And Our Intelligence Essay

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The Psychology of Music People have only recently started studying in-depth into music’s connection with brain activity. Scientists are just now starting to develop theories why music has such a big impact on us as humans and our intelligence (Lerch). Music psychology is not a modern idea though. Even the ancient philosophers – Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras – believed in the calming power of music (“Music and Emotions”). Let’s first talk about what music is, before we explain its correlation to psychology. Music has no concepts, no images, no symbols or any relation to language, yet it has a power over human emotions we can only begin to understand. What is music? In Arthur C. Clarke’s novel, Childhood’s End, alien beings puzzled over this question. They themselves lacked music, and therefore were immensely confused at the emotional reactions humans had to “meaningless tonal patterns”. Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, in his book The World as Will and Representation, claimed that music was an embodiment of pure will. While this is a beautiful theory, it does not fit in with the hard facts required in this scientific age (Sacks). We need something tangible, and our reactions to what music does to our brains are something we can study. Our physical reactions are the most obvious. Friedrich Nietzsche, a musical philosopher, claimed that ‘we listen to music with our muscles.’ This statement is true; we see evidence in all of us. We tap our feet, snap our fingers, hum or sing…

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