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Friday, December 25, 2009

What does Christmas music do to your brain?

If you love Christmas music (like I do!) then Christmas music probably makes your brain light up and makes your face smile, your feet dance and your endorphins flow.  Why?  Because any music that we have positive associations with, that brings back positive memories or that energizes us, is clearly having a positive effect on the brain:

To that I would add, music that has lots of high, percussive sounds such as tambourines, small bells and brass instruments moving with a fast harmonic rhythm are also apt to stimulate the brain in a positive, energizing, endorphin-producing way!

I hope that you've heard lots of your favorite Christmas music this season!  Happy Holidays!  Alice

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