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The Impact of Personal Music Use

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Running head: MUSIC1The Impact of Personal Music Use on Cognition and EmotionName of StudentInstitution affiliation
MUSIC2The Impact of Personal Music Use on Cognition and EmotionPart 1:Analysis of the HUMS scaleHealthy-Unhealthy Uses of Music Scale (HUMS)isusedto assess an individual’s stateof wellbeing and fitnesswith respect to the response on the presence or absence of music.Personally, music does not make me stop embracing it just because of its retrieval of unappealingpast events like death and funerals thus indicating the unhealthy lifestyle. Whenever I tune intomusic even repetitively, I rarely get depressed or discouraged despite the life situations likepoverty or sickness which I happen to go through. As much as music occasionally induceshappiness in my heart, it also makes me come to a close of being pessimistic especially when Iplay the motivational genres like gospel and rock(MacDonald,Kreutz& Mitchell,2013). I nevertake any kind of soothing music more personal just because of my introversive behaviors ofnonchalance and anti-socialism. Likewise, not ever do I lower my self-esteem nor get influencedby opera to live in a world of fantasy and act unethically or illegally in reality. On the contrary, Iam always placid in the presence of singing thence indicating that am leading a productive lifeeven when I do not associate myself with my kind of people just because of it. I often times feelmuch more contented after concentrating on a particular piece like soul music especially afterexperiencing strenuous working conditions. Sometimes music motivates me to live positively.Reflecting on the HUMS scale providedandcalculatingthe score of each item on the healthysubscaleresults tofivepoints out of thethirteenpoints which isbelowhalf of the maximumpointsthusindicating an unhealthylife conditions frommusicplay(McFerran, 2015).Theanalysis ofall the itemsshows that I am likely to get affected by any physical complications anddiseases like hypertension and sclerosis due to listening to unhealthy music.Part 2:Impact of Music on Cognitive Function
MUSIC3Music greatly influencesthe entire nervous system includingcognitive performancesanddevelopments. As much as mostpeoplein the societylisten to music perhaps forentertainmentand self satisfaction, many lack the concept of effectdiversitieslike active learning,imaginations, or anhedoniathat musicpossesseson their cognition.The significance of music toindividuals involves the initiation of innovativeness, extroversion, cultural interaction, and joy.To the society, it helps to elevate life expectancy by improving the levels of psychical fitness andwellbeing. It also educates the public about the environment thus enhancing the learningoperations and results. It is dependent on the hearing process that begins sound passing throughthe external auditory meatus, and the tympanum. It is then directed to the brain sensory nervesthrough malleus, incus, and stapes. Then the brain identifies and analyses the information toprepare a response mechanism for the stimulus. The Eustachian tube regulates pressure levels inthe internal ear for efficient transfer of sound waves.Musical activities involve various cognitivefunctionsthoseof highly trained musicians show increased plasticity as compared to untrainedmusicians(Fiske& Taylor,2013). Based on neuroimaging evidence, various review papers haveshown effects of musical training on neuroplasticity (Bermudez, 2013). Reports have shownthebrain structural grey matter differences between musicians and non-musiciansby whichthesingershave got a larger and bilateral grey mattersimilarto somatosensory areas(Corrigall,Schellenberg& Misura,2013). Further studies have also indicated a relationship between theperiod of training as musicians and the volume of structural changes in the described regions,where the corpus callosum of musicians trained for longer periods differed from those trained fora shorter duration.Although many differences are evident in the primary regions of musicians and nonmusicians, there are also other differences.Findings have shown that plasticity either occurs in
MUSIC4regions that serve as multimodal integration regions or those that have got control over nonsecondary musical purposes thus enhancing the integration of musical training into other skills.Research shows that long durations for musical training have got an influence on functional brainconnectivity in multi-sensory areas even in some research where individuals are not given anytasks(Chanda& Levitin,2013).Music greatly aids in linguistic skills, music training translates tolanguage-related skills(Kung, 2014). For instance enhanced neural differentiation of similarsounds aids in the ability to distinguish sound in speech (Strait et al., 2013).Childrenundergoingmusical training have got the ability to distinguish sounds as opposed to those not undergoingtraining, they also develop syntax ability both in music and language faster than theircounterparts, given the fact that music and language share the same auditory substrate learningmusic greatly aids in linguistic skills. Music training also aids in second language acquisition,reading abilities and verbal fluency.Music training also enhancestaskperformance on spatial skills.Though musical trainingpossiblyleadsto the development of spatial skills in children, this might not be the case withadult musicians. Children with musical training also tend to score higher in vocabulary due totheir ability to learn linguistic skills faster than those not taking music classes.Research has beencarried out to try and illustrate how music increases intelligence. Themusic lessons for childrenaids in memorization and mastery of technical skillswhichin turn translates to better scores inother subjects and eventually leads to higher scores of general IQ(Schellenberg & Weiss,2013).This testlooks into cognitive performances such as the definition of words, visualization ofdiagrams which normally indicate good mental arithmetic skills. Although there is a relationshipbetween educational achievement and family background, research also shows a relationshipbetween music involvement and academic achievement as seen in mathematics and reading
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