Does listening to Classical music have any effects on the brain?


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Rooster Cogburn Profile
Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

My personal opinion is that it does. It relaxes you and soothes the brain. Unlike other music, Classical is in a class of it's own. The only music I can have on and read peacefully at the same time.

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

In 1962 I worked a regular night shift for Qantas and the radio station we listened to was owned by the Catholic Church. When Pope John XXIII died that year the station went into mourning and played "gloomy" music for a whole week.

Their idea of gloomy was to play the great classics. I've been listening to classical music ever since -- interspersed with lots of other stuff, of course.

Has it affected my brain? Perhaps. You only need to read a few of my answers to realise there's something whacked out in my head. Perhaps the classical music made me that way, or perhaps it stopped me getting even *shudder* worse. :(

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Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
When musically experienced subjects listened to classical music, (researchers) found that listening to such music "positively affected the activity of up-regulated genes involved in dopamine secretion, synaptic function, learning, and memory."

I took the liberty of finding the address for belated “thank-you” notes: “El Papa,” Vatican City State, 00120


Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Interesting Tom, thanks. It might be a bit late to send a thank you after all this time but he sure did me a favour. :)
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Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

Studies show that listening to classical music can, indeed, help a persons mind to become more alert and catch more detail. Unfortunately, classical music only magnifies my OCD and Turrets. Best of luck to you!

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