How Does Music Affect Your Brain?

In this episode of Tech Effects, we explore the impact of music on the brain and body. From listening to music to performing it, WIRED's Peter Rubin looks at how music can change our moods, why we get the chills, and how it can actually change pathways in our brains.

Follow the links below to read more about the research we used in this video:

Matthew Sachs’ research on music and frisson:

Assal Habibi - “Music training and child development: a review of recent findings from a longitudinal study.”

Daniel Levitin’s research on music and the brain’s internal opioid system:

Daniel Levitin’s research on music and stress:

Daniel Levitin - “This is Your Brain on Music”

Charles Limb - “Your Brain on Improv”

Charles Limb - “Neural Substrates of Spontaneous Musical Performance: An fMRI Study of Jazz Improvisation”

ABC News, “Gabby Giffords: Finding Words Through Song”