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WHY MUSIC MATTERS

Whether you prefer Beethoven or B.B. King, Beyoncé or Boston, chances are music will not only improve your mood, but improve your health as well. By Janette Daher

ver since I can remember, music has been a huge driving force in my life. As a small child, my mother exposed us to every genre. I remember dancing to her turntable playlist while she cleaned the house to everything from the Beatles to the Jackson 5. I sang in a few bands and managed some others in my twenties, and have spent countless hours in and around the music business. You might say that I am a music fanatic. I’m certainly not alone: According to a Nielsen survey, 93 percent of the U.S. population listens to music at least 25 hours per week. While I have always understood the emotional connection on a personal level, I often wondered: Does my love of music do more than just make me feel good? Can it, quite literally, make me— and you and everyone else—well? So why does music seem to soothe so many beasts of burden? Brain imaging studies performed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) show that there are neuron pathways in the brain that react specifically and exclusively to music, regardless of the genre. These pathways are completely separate from the circuits that process sounds. Additionally, speech and music path-

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