Listen to Music You Love

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wanker’s crampIt's a healthy way to up your dopamine when you're feeling down. Many things produce beneficial levels of dopamine without the risk of creating a dependency, so saying music is "like a drug" is a bit over the top.

This guy said:

Just one thing I'd like to suggest. I chose a soundtrack for this moment of my life, and by the average age of this forum, many people will identify with this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwajTekSAcM
Reason why:
1. This song reminds my childhood, and will do for many here.
2. The lyrics are heart-warming. It feels good to listen to it and it's not sex/fantasy appealing.
3. The singer is absolutely stunning and hot, but not porny. It's naive. You can safely watch and appreciate a normal woman. It just feels great watching.
Every time I feel anxious, I think about this music and it WORKS, because it takes me back to something really good and naive.

Music really is like a drug, researchers say

You know that feeling you get when you listen to a favorite part of a favorite song? Some scientists have a refreshingly unscientific word for it: They call it the "chills." In the lab they can measure the chills, which correspond with a specific pattern of brain arousal and often are accompanied by increases in heart and breathing rates and other physical responses.

Now neurologists report that this human response to music -- which has existed for thousands of years, across cultures around the world -- involves dopamine, the same chemical in the brain that is associated with the intense pleasure people get from more tangible rewards such as food or addictive drugs. The research will be published Sunday in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Kind of changes what it means to be addicted to your iPod.

To find out whether dopamine was involved in the enjoyment of music, researchers at McGill University in Montreal asked participants to listen to a favorite selection of music they brought in themselves and to a "neutral" selection of music they hadn't selected.

As the subjects listened, they were asked to press a button when they felt the chills. To confirm and peg down the timing of the chills response in relation to the music, the researchers also monitored subjects' heart and breathing rates, temperatures and other physcial responses. They also observed listeners' brain activity as their music played during positron emission tomography (PET) scans and during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) tests.

The results? PET scans showed increased dopamine release when subjects listened to pleasurable music (as opposed to "neutral" music). The fMRI results showed the researchers that the increased dopamine activity occured both during periods of anticipation of hearing the favorite bits of music and during the listening experience itself -- although different parts of the brain were involved.

The discovery is significant, the authors wrote, because dopamine response is usually associated with more direct rewards associated with human survival -- such as food. Showing that dopamine is also involved with our reactions to an abstract, aesthetic stimulus such as music might help explain, they wrote, "why music is of such high value across all human societies."

It doesn't prove you need art to live, exactly. But it may hint that you have evolved to enjoy it.

Original story in LA Times

Comments

Kind of a strange question, but I've been curious of this since the beginning of falling into this downward spiral of porn. I really love music but ever since this addiction I haven't been able to properly "feel" the music I love. Its also gotten to the point where I've compulsively questioned whether or not the music I love was any good or not, kind of like OCD.

If you have an addiction, the decline in dopamine signaling can affect your barometer of pleasure. Normal everyday pleasure can lose their luster. Also OCD is a common symptom that eases when guys unhook from porn.

How long do you believe it would take for it to balance out or atleast improve?

You can read the rebooting accounts (under rebooting above) to get a good idea, but guys say many symptoms clear up after 2-4 months. One will continue to see improvements long after the "reboot is complete".

Not exactly what I meant, I was referring to things I read like where some guys go a certain amount of time (2-3 weeks) and start to slightly feel better and symptoms slowly begin to clear up, improving their social skills and making other things such as hobbies more enjoyable when no pleasure could be felt before.

I read the article on desensitization of D2 receptors and the other "Protect Your Appetite For Pleasure" article which answered a lot of questions and I've been reading rebooting accounts. So all I can do in the meantime is wait for a couple months while doing other things that are productive such as exercising on a regular basis to improve my dopamine receptors. I have another music question, is there any point to me continuing to listen to music if it seems like I'm receiving very little pleasure out of it? It also seems to be another source of where my OCD thrives. Today I constantly questioned whether or not I truly thought the music I was listening to was good enough. Thoughts jumped back and forth and I even twitched and cringed in discomfort of me thinking this way.