Why Do We Love Music?

Cerebrum. 2018 Nov 1;2018:cer-16-18. eCollection Nov-Dec 2018.


While the human brain is hardwired to feel pleasure for basic survival necessities, such as eating and sex, music-although obviously pleasurable-doesn't offer the same evolutionary advantages. So why do we respond to patterns of sounds that disappear in an instant? Why do we belt music from the top of our lungs, learn to play instruments, and empty our bank accounts to see Bruce Springsteen on Broadway? Our author offers some valuable insights.