According to neuroscience when we listen to music, is as if the whole brain were involved. Of course the auditory areas of the brain show and important activity working like a team with other several parts like prefrontal cortex, motor cortex, sensory cortex, auditory cortex, visual cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus, amygdala, nucleus accumbens, corpus callosum, autonomic nervous system, vestibular system, and the enteric nervous system. Doman, A. (2013). Which brain areas are involved in music listening? [Online]. June 6th 2013. Available from:

[Accessed: 26th April 2016]

As Cromie (1997) explain, the ear contains a spiral sheet that the sounds of music pluck like a guitar string. This plucking triggers the firing of brain cells that make up the hearing parts of our brain. At the highest station, the auditory cortex, just above our ears, these firing cells generate the conscious experience of music. Different patterns of firing excite other ensembles of cells, and these associate the sound of music with feelings, thoughts, and past experiences.

The imagines studies had reveled that the auditory cortex has connections to the frontal lobe of the brain, just behind the forehead. Our capabilities for abstraction, anticipation, and inference are situated just here.

Cromie, W.J. (1997). How Your Brain Listens To Music. The Harvard University Gazette. [Online] 13th November. Available from: [Accessed: 26th April 2016]

Music can restore some damaged areas of the brain, stimulates the creativity and helps to find a different ways to solve problems, in other words the music reinforces the intelligence, but it is not quite still… it is much more.

Ruth Talavera Flores


Research Associate & IRIANS’s Representative for

the Iberian Peninsula and Mexico

IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute


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