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The Relationship Between Music and Brainwaves – Part One

Nuance Crusaders by Mark R. Baldridge, Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The correlation between music and brainwaves is tempo, also called Beats Per Minute (BPM). As the BPM increases, activity in brain waves changes from Alpha to Beta. The reason is that the brain is an electrochemical organ with billions of interconnected nerve cells, and is influenced by frequencies (Scientific American, 1997). My purpose of this article is to focus on a study conducted by Hurless et. al. in 2013. The reason why this study is important they demonstrate how Alpha and Beta brainwaves are affected differently by BPM. The reason is that different frequencies in music, due to changes in BPM, affect Hertz (Hz) differently in the brain. Alpha waves (8-13 Hz) are located in the occipital region of the brain when a person is awake and relaxed and Beta waves (13 -30 Hz) are associated with a more attentive mental state (Hurless et. al. in 2013). The importance of this is …