Why does music make us feel happy or sad? Or angry or romantic? How can simple sound waves cause so much emotion? I went from my comfy chair to the streets of Austin to investigate how it might be written into our neuroscience and evolution. Modern neuroscience says our brains may be wired to pick certain emotions out of music because they remind us of how people move!
Music is something that is universally loved. Even if everyone doesn’t enjoy the same kind of music, you will be hard-pressed to find an individual that denounces all music as unentertaining. It is convenient that we all enjoy music as much as we do seeing as it does improve our brain function.