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Singer Gedion Daniel talks about why he made his famous song

Music, while undoubtedly enjoyable, does not provide the same evolutionary benefits as other essential survival needs, such as food and sex, for which the human brain is programmed to sense pleasure. It appears that musicality is inbuilt in humans. That is, it appears that all cultures have the ability to comprehend and enjoy complicated musical rhythms. Early in a child’s development, musicality is expressed. In this manner, speech—the other cognitively intriguing way we use sound—can be compared to music. However, whereas speaking is most obviously vital for transmitting ideas or thoughts, music does not serve this purpose exclusively. What seems to improve our quality of life is music’s ability to convey feelings, moods, or affective mental states. Which comes to the topic of this article’s title: Why do we enjoy music so much? On the surface, it is not clear why a series of sounds or a sonic pattern without a clear propositional meaning should evoke any sort of joyful reaction. But many people agree that one of our greatest joys is music. Where does this occurrence originate? There are various ways to address this issue. A social scientist’s response might not be the same as that of a musicologist. Since I am a neuroscientist, I will approach it from that angle while keeping in mind that other angles may also provide insightful information. One benefit of neuroscience is that it allows us to connect our conclusion to previously established empirical findings and draw on two particularly pertinent fields, namely the neuroscience of auditory perception and the neuroscience of the reward system.

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