Harvard Heart Letter
Tuning in: How music may affect your heart
Listening to music may boost exercise ability, ease stress and anxiety, and enhance recovery from strokes. Whether you prefer Stravinsky’s symphonies or the Beatles’ ballads, you probably listen mostly because you simply like how they sound. You might not realize that music engages not only your auditory system but many other parts of your brain as well, including areas responsible for movement, language, attention, memory, and emotion.