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The Benefits of Dopamine in Music

“When I listen to “Dress Up In You”, I feel really nostalgic, even though I haven’t exactly experienced everything the band “Belle and Sebastian” is talking about. It’s also kind of a peaceful song but it makes me sad at the same time. It’s like you’re happy and content with where you are, but there’s also something kind of rueful and sorrowful about it,” said Shae Wiley after being asked what her favorite song is and how it makes her feel.

Music has been around for about 40,000 years, there are thousands of different genres and some of the most popular ones are:  heavy metal, classical, indie, folk, country, pop, jazz, blues, R&B, hip-hop(rock), and there are many more genres of music that exist.

All music gives the listener some type of feeling, if the listener is listening to cheerful music with a fun beat you will most likely be in a happy, joyful mood.

This is mostly the same for all types of music, depending on how much the listener relates to the song and what it’s saying. There is a reason for this. Dopamine plays a crucial role in our brain’s response to music, and understanding this can help us grasp the benefits of music in our daily lives.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is produced in the brain; it’s a chemical messenger between nerve cells and the rest of your body. It plays many roles in our bodily functions like memory, sleep, mood, and motivation. It helps you have attention and movement as well. 

Dopamine is associated with the “feel-good” sensation, it gives you a sense of motivation when you are feeling pleasure. So when you do something pleasurable your brain releases a lot of dopamine, making you want to seek out more activities that make you feel good. If you enjoy listening to music in your free time your brain understands that you are feeling pleasure so it releases dopamine to act as a reward. 

Listening to music can help boost our mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve our overall well-being. It can also be a powerful tool for motivation and productivity, as dopamine can increase our drive to complete tasks and achieve goals.

Studies have shown that listening to music can increase the amount of dopamine in the brain. When someone listens to music, our brain anticipates the peak moments and releases dopamine in response. Studies have also shown that dopamine helps us pay attention to and remember information that is associated with pleasure.  When we listen to music that we enjoy, our brain is more likely to remember the lyrics, melodies, and emotions associated with it. This is why we often feel a rush of pleasure or chills when listening to our favorite songs.

The release of dopamine in response to music can also explain why we feel such strong emotions when listening to a favorite song. Dopamine is linked to our emotional responses, and when it is released into the brain, it can intensify our feelings of happiness, sadness, or nostalgia. This is why music can be such a powerful tool for evoking emotions and memories. So the next time you turn on your favorite playlist, remember that it’s not just emotions at play, but also the powerful effects of dopamine in your brain.

“My favorite song right now would have to be “Coal ” by Dylan Gossett, I first started listening to this song about a month ago and have not been able to stop. When I listen to this song I feel reflective in a deep and personal sense. I don’t have a specific memory tied to this song, but when I’m listening to it while on car rides, it’s always the best time,” said Dylan Morris after being asked what his favorite song is and how it makes him feel. 

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Madison Snyder
Madison Snyder, Staff Writer
Madison Snyder is a sophomore student attending Greater Latrobe Senior High School, set to graduate in 2026. Outside of school, she love to hang out with her friends and have a great time. She recently joined the high post and hopes to become a valuable member in the years to come. She joined so that she could get closer to other people that she may have not have met before, and too further develop prior friendships. She has been a dedicated leader of the lighthouse leadership team for a little over a year now and enjoys that she has been able to develop positive relationships with teachers and staff. She hopes that she will continue to meet more people, make more connections , and continue to be extremely involved in her next three years of high school at Greater Latrobe Senior High School.   Other than being involved with the lighthouse team and high post she is also a dedicated member of the Key Club, and she is on the Envirothon team, she will be running for a representative position in student council in the years to come. She also does other things outside of school including volunteering, tutoring, babysitting, and she also work at an ice cream shop called Twist and Shake. She very much enjoys cooking, baking, painting, using cameras for photos, being with family, drawing, taking walks, hanging out with her friends, painting pottery, and listening to music. She also loves traveling and going to new places.  She especially love cruises. She have been on Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Wonder of the Seas. Because of these cruises, she has been to Labadee Haiti, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roatan Honduras, Costa Maya, Cozumel Mexico CocoCay, and the Bahamas. She hopes to continue traveling and going to new places. In conclusion, she want to be a computer engineer in the future and she hopes to influence young children to become more active in school and outside of school.
Karlee Clark
Karlee Clark, Staff Writer
Karlee Clark, a Sophomore and a brand new member of the High Post staff. She joined staff to further her love of writing and also looks forward to the opportunities that come with being a staff member. Her main hobbies include music, reading, writing, and leadership. She is a member of the Greater Latrobe chamber choir, wind ensemble, treble ensemble, pep band, and drama club where she participates in the spring musicals every year, she shares her love of music and performing with the people she loves through things like, shows, concerts, and caberts. She is also a defensive specialist for the Greater Latrobe JV Volleyball team, she adores the team aspect and the inside jokes and fun times she shares with her team. Her main passion in life is leadership, she displays this through participation in the lighthouse leadership team where she collaborates with peers to make a difference in her school community. She was a teacher nominated member of the Future Ready Leaders Team, she has also been a student council representative since elementary school. This year she had been granted the opportunity to hold an officer position in student council as head manager of the Greater Latrobe Student Store.  She also loves to learn new things, she loves to read both fictional novels and nonfiction articles as much as she can in her little free time. But also furthers her knowledge of the environment as an active member of the Envirothon team. As active and busy she is in her school she is no stranger to her community and jumps on any opportunity to volunteer and make herself useful as a leader in her neighborhood. One of her favorite clubs at Greater Latrobe High School is the forensics team. Commonly known as Speech and Debate Karlee loves every aspect of what the forensics team does. As a freshman she competed all year with a persuasive essay that she held close to her heart and that meant alot to her, in mid march she qualified for the State competition and had an amazing time, she made many friends and built strong relationships with many people. This year she is switching to competing in the poetry category and is hopeful to make it just as far if not further in the State competition with her selected poetry arrangement.

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