Why Does Music Feel So Good?

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One day several years ago Valorie Salimpoor took a drive that would change the course of her life. She was at the peak of what she now calls her “quarter-life crisis,” not knowing what kind of career she wanted or how she might use her undergraduate neuroscience training. Hoping an outing might clear her head, that day she jumped in her car and switched on the radio. She heard the charging tempo and jaunty, teasing violin of Johannes Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 5.
“This piece of music came on, and something just happened,” Salimpoor recalls. “I just felt this rush of emotion come through me. It was so intense.” She pulled over to the side of the street so she could concentrate on the song and the pleasure it gave her.

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I had to find the Hungarian Dance No 5 conducted by a woman to compliment the story above, it is exquisitely done to say the least, enjoy! :thumb:

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Trust me its got nothing to do with the conductor being a hottie, more to do with Bo Derek I think ;)
 

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That wuz good :)

And the conductor, um, yes, a bit tasty ;)

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Yes, very interesting. :)

I always felt that we developed a liking for music from our time in the womb. Lying there, protected, in a warm fluid with everything provided we could hear the beat, or rhythm, of our mother’s heartbeat. It’s no surprise then, that after birth, we have some connection with rhythm and that is what music is, basically.

In the womb we presumably feel good, or at least do not feel bad, so music may equal security and, in general, good feelings.

Well, that's my theory anyway. :)
 

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Does this mean that when I leap around my living room to Slayer, Iron Maiden and Nine Inch Nails I am subconciously nurturing a hidden oedipus complex? :eek:
 

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Or your body is reacting to neural shock overload.
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I suffer wit Bipolar and use music as a distraction when experiencing mood changes
 

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