It can be argued that music is a core function in our brains. Our brains are wired from the beginning to process and understand music. Yet music has always been sort of a mystery, especially since it’s not typically considered “necessary” for survival. That is reserved for the trifecta of food, sex, and sleep.
A study came out that adds another important piece of information as we continue to figure out how our brain processes music. When we satisfy our desire to eat, to sleep, or reproduce, our brain releases dopamine–the “feel good” neurochemical involved when we experience pleasure and reward.
Turns out this same chemical is released when listening to music!