Speaking of Psychology: Music and Your Health

Can music make us healthier or even smarter? Can it change how we experience pain? In this episode, former rock musician and studio producer Daniel Levitin, PhD, talks about how music changes our brain’s chemistry and affects our health.

About the expert: Daniel Levitin, PhD

Daniel Levitin, PhD, studies the neuroscience of music and how music affects our mental and physical health. Levitin is a professor of psychology, behavioral neuroscience and music at McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of the book “This Is Your Brain on Music.” Levitin has degrees in cognitive psychology and cognitive science from Stanford University and the University of Oregon. He has acted as an audio consultant for the U.S. Navy and consulted on audio quality for several rock bands and record labels.

From the interview article…
Daniel Levitin: Lots of things that we do affect our physiology – exercise does and so we can say that exercise replaces medicine when it has the desired outcome in terms of our physiology – our mental and physical physiology. And we’ve seen evidence now that music can alter brain chemistry and even the production of cytokines, immunoglobulin A, and other components of a healthy immune system…

Source: American Psychological Association. Click here to see the original article.