SEE- July 30th :Music has been an essential part of our culture for millennia, it transmits human sentiments and life cycles of emotions. Recent neuroscience research explores the link between empathy and music, and how highly empathetic people react to music differently, Forbes reported today.
Through using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan the brain, researchers studied the connection between music and the brain.
While empathy has attracted various attention by researchers, the link between music, which forms an integral part of our society, and empathy has not been understood. This study sheds light on that link. It suggests that the way we respond to music is linked to our inherent empathic ability.
The authors found that when empathetic people listen to music, the same areas of the brain are activated as when they are interacting with, or thinking about other people. This, of course, makes sense because music in and of itself is an expression of feeling and feeling is what drives the communication between people. People with higher empathy possess a greater understanding of the feelings of others.
Researchers also found that more empathic people process music while activating the reward system of the brain. This indicates that they derive pleasure from listening to music, and thus it can be implicated they derive pleasure from the interactions with others. Additionally, they also found that people who have to possess higher empathy have stronger opinions and passions about the music they like and dislike. Thus, this suggests that music is a gateway to our feelings and interactions with others.