There is a popular adage in life which states that “music is the language of the soul.” Of course, many of us will immediately connect with the sentiment of this statement. But some people will actually understand those words from a more physical perspective than others. And that’s because the manner with which they experience music is thought to be different.
In 2016 a group of researchers published a study exploring how different people react to music. The authors – Matthew E. Sachs, Robert J. Ellis, Psyche Loui and Gottfried Schlaug – titled their work, “Brain connectivity reflects human aesthetic responses to music.” And they presented their findings in a journal published in June that year known as Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
The abstract of the research begins with a statement that many of us might inherently grasp. It reads, “Humans uniquely appreciate aesthetics, experiencing pleasurable responses to complex stimuli that confer no clear intrinsic value for survival.” In other words, a certain experience might bring us satisfaction without directly contributing to our ability to stay alive.