This Is Your Brain on Music

Why does music affect people so deeply? Explore how music impacts the human brain through a video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series. The narrator discusses the anticipatory elements in different styles of music and studies the brain chemistry that changes with the beat.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Work the resource into a unit on the brain or innate and learned behavior
  • Have pupils pick their ultimate playlist, then think critically about similarities and differences in their favorite songs
Classroom Considerations

  • Briefly discuss the regions of the brain featured in the video before watching
Pros

  • The subject matter has a wide range of appeal—and the narrator presents it in an engaging way
  • Diagrams help viewers relate brain anatomy to different chemical reactions produced by music
Cons

  • None
Common Core