The Impact of Classical Music on Neuroanatomy and Brain Functions

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Vani Sharma


The human brain is responsible for a variety of functions that govern daily life, adaptation, and survival. Characteristics such
as memory consolidation, mood states, and neural plasticity give rise to brain biodiversity and higher-order intelligence. There are many external stimuli that evoke such characteristics, from a car horn to the latest Marvel movie, and classical music is no exception.This genre of music is a means to stimulate neural chemistry and cerebral circuits. This paper focuses on the nervous system as well as the neuroanatomy that can be impacted by engagement with such music. Classical music increases memory consolidation, relaxes the nervous system, can amplify emotional mood states, and can increase neural plasticity to slow down age-related cognitive decline. Furthermore, ti can be used as a therapy for memory-related brain- based conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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Vani Sharma, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Vani Sharma is majoring in MCB Honors on the pre-med track, with a minor in public health & neuroscience certificate. She is a writer for Brain Matters. which allows her the opportunity to learn about the brain & its neuroanatomy in depth along with her interest in brain disorders. On campus, she is heavily involved with medical clubs & the Illini Strings Orchestra, serves as an undergraduate research ambassador, is a part of the Madak Erdogan Women's Health & Metabolism Lab, and works as a teaching
assistant for chemistry. After graduating from VIUC, she hopes to attend medical school.