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Cultural background influence

How does one's cultural background influence listening experiences and musical preferences?

  • Why does music affect us so profoundly?

  • What are the limits of its impact?

  • Is it possible for music to influence someone to do bad things (particularly if the music has no lyrics)?

Music has a profound impact on us because it can evoke strong emotional responses and elicit physiological changes in our bodies. Our brains are wired to respond to rhythm, melody, and harmony, and music can activate various areas of the brain associated with emotions, memories, and movement. The emotional response to music is often attributed to the release of dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure and reward, in the brain (Heshmat, 2019). Additionally, the tempo, rhythm, and key of the music can affect our heart rate, breathing, and other physiological responses.

While music can have a powerful impact on our emotions and physiological responses, there are limits to its impact. For example, individual preferences and cultural background can influence how people respond to music. Some people may find a particular genre of music soothing and relaxing, while others may find it irritating or unpleasant.

It is also worth noting that music is not inherently good or bad, and its impact depends on how it is used and interpreted. While some forms of music may be associated with negative behavior or values, others can inspire positive change and promote social cohesion. Ultimately, the impact of music on individuals and society is intricate and diverse, and it is influenced by numerous factors, including cultural, social, and psychological factors.


Heshmat, S. (2019, August 25). Music, Emotion, and Well-Being. Psychology Today.

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