Re: Re brain and music (Al Bregman )

Subject: Re: Re brain and music
From:    Al Bregman  <al.bregman(at)MCGILL.CA>
Date:    Mon, 16 Jul 2001 22:18:08 -0400

Dear list, I recently received this message from Ranjan Chakraborty, asking about the effects of music on the chemistry of the brain. I told him that I didn't know anything about this topic but that there might be some members of the auditory list who might. He agreed that I should forward his message to the list. If you have any thoughts on this, please reply directly to him (rather than to me) at the following address: <corticosterone(at)> Al- What's up? I am not sure what is compelling me to write this or why I am not writing with a more formal tone. I have been curious about the relationship between perception, the physical environment, mathematics and music from birth. Anyways, music completes my soul, the endorphine rush is incredible for some songs. Its obvious that sounds (vibration of air molecules) cause neurochemical reactions. The experiences of perception with sound are the result of thresholds reaching the limits of neurochemical potentiation. Therefore, the brain cannot analyze the stimuli as separate sets of stimuli (it would require more energy than it had to accomplish such). One reason is because the brain arranges stimuli in different ways (see Gestalt), therefore, it can separate/ arrange the stimuli in practically an infinite variations (as I am sure you know). Back to my point, sounds can effect neurochemicals, therefore, music can be or is actually a drug. I love music and I would love any guidance/information that could help with my passion. If you have any time to help me find such information I would be in debt to you. I have many many more questions but forgive me for taking this much time. Yours truly, Ranjan Chakraborty E-mail corticosterone(at) phone # 408-821-4048

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