Listening music is one of the few activities that causes activity in the entire brain, according to studies, Sex, drugs and music have long been a happy menage a trois, but a new study is suggesting that they may have more in common than we thought.
Some interesting research indicates that the reactions that happen in the brain when we hear music we like are in fact very similar to the reactions when we have sex or get high on drugs.
While we all know that music gives us a boost, the researchers pointed out that: “relatively little is known about the neurochemical processes underlying musical pleasure.”
For the study, 15 subjects were given naltrexone — a medication used to help treat heroin addicts and alcoholics by preventing the brain creating opioids associated with pleasure.
They were then asked them to listen to two of their favorite tunes which usually make them happy through headphones at a volume of their choosing.
Participants’ facial muscles were analyzed to see their reactions to the music as well as their heart rate, breathing rate and skin responses.
The results showed that when participants listened to the songs they didn’t experience their usual pleasure and so responded in a similar way to a drug addict taking a hit after being given naltrexone.
When people listened to music they didn’t like much they experienced no change in their reaction and listened with their usual indifference.
Music uses the same reward pathways as food, drug and sexual pleasure.”