Do you have a favorite band or a favorite type of music? Well guess what? Simply listening to your favorite music––or any music––is cognitive food for your brain. Your brain is stimulated in numerous ways when you listen to music, engaging areas such as those associated with language and emotional processing. This can benefit more than just your mood, as listening to music has been shown to enhance memory and executive functioning.
Why not make a neuron-firing playlist today? A list of those songs that really move you, really engage you, really make you want to listen. Then hit play and just sit back and let the beauty wash over you. Your brain will thank you.
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