Music to your brain

Listening to music or playing an instrument engages multiple parts of your brain — and can help your mood and memory.

Published: September, 2020

Music has the ability to soothe, energize, and even to improve your memory. And tapping into its power is as simple as turning on your radio.

Whether your choice is jazz, classical, rock 'n' roll, or hip-hop, music has unique effects on the brain, says Dr. Andrew Budson, a lecturer in neurology at Harvard Medical School and chief of cognitive and behavioral neurology at the VA Boston Healthcare System. And you can reap benefits whether you are playing a musical instrument or just kicking back and listening to some tunes.

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