Do you love massive concerts? Know the neuropsychological reasons for this passion. | Global UNAM

Going to a concert of our favorite artist or musical group and singing their songs loudly is a unique experience, sometimes we get goosebumps and even happiness lasts until the next day, but why do we love going to these massive events?

The answer is simple: it generates a sense of community, eliminates tensions, calms from a social point of view and also conflicting emotions, and even generates dopamine and serotonin in the brain, two hormones that are responsible for happiness, said Concepción Moral. , academic of the Faculty of Psychology of the UNAM.

In addition, when singing we also produce dopamine, the hormone of happiness. And when we synchronize in a musical practice, it has been detected that it enriches the human being. “Music shared with the other is really powerful.”

In fact, during the pandemic it was discovered that using karaoke lowers cortisol levels, a chemical that is generated in the brain and increases stress levels.

It has been shown that when we share a musical experience, like a massive concert, it is much easier to be empathetic with what other people feel.

Also, in a concert the musical experience is totally different, depending on whether we go with someone with whom we share something in particular or not.

If during the musical event a very particular climax of the work is reached, in which the spectators are synchronized with other minds, then we can speak of a unique moment.

From a personal perspective

Music is part of our environment. In fact, there is a theory in which they ask what came first, the spoken language or the music? In addition, there is very interesting research, such as when a person suffers a vascular accident he is able to sing but not speak.
In the brain, music is related to the hippocampus, which is in charge of managing emotions, it is also linked to abstract thought in the frontal lobe.

Music requires time and concentration for short and long term memory. It really is a highly sophisticated cognitive activity that supports the development of thought and the ability to abstract.

Decoding music, both from a vernacular and an academic point of view, requires prior learning, memory, the motivation of the moment and the emotion that we are experiencing.

In fact, music can be thought of from a personal, social perspective and from the media that support other collective experiences such as cinema, added the university academic. In addition, music has an importance from the time we listen to it, it gives us a very special introspection.

It teaches us the complexity of our organism as a whole. For example, in the brain there is biochemistry and neurochemistry and thus the neural networks intertwine our behavior and also improve the physiological part. Therefore, listening to music generates a feeling of well-being.

“Art allows us to develop ourselves and look at ourselves in a mirror, discover our interior and learn”, concluded the university academic.

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Do you love massive concerts? Know the neuropsychological reasons for this passion. | Global UNAM