A team of Canadian neurologists has found that listening to new music is likely to activate the so-called ‘reward centre’ of the brain.
In other words, new music reaches parts that other stimuli leave dormant. This is from a BBC report:
Dr Valorie Salimpoor, from the Rotman Research Institute, in Toronto, told the BBC’s Science in Action programme: “We know that the nucleus accumbens is involved with reward.
“But music is abstract: It’s not like you are really hungry and you are about to get a piece of food and you are really excited about it because you are going to eat it – or the same thing applies to sex or money – that’s when you would normally see activity in the nucleus accumbens.
“But what’s cool is that you’re anticipating and getting excited over something entirely abstract – and that’s the next sound that is coming up.”
Do we feel better now? Did we really need neurologists to tell us that? How many brain cells did they waste in demonstrating the bloody obvious?
I came out of the dress rehearsal a new opera last night, ten years younger and high on testosterone. Happens all the time. QED.