Science explains why house music is actually good for your brain

Music 05/05/2022

It may not be your mum's cup of tea, but scientific studies suggest that house music is actually really good for you. 

Studies have shown that the tempo, drops, and ‘danceability’ of house music are greatly beneficial to the human body. 

The higher the bpm in the music, the higher your heart rate is, and the more your heart rate increases, the more excited you (and your body) gets, with the opposite being true for slower music. 

No doubt you've come to this conclusion yourself while in the middle of a festival mosh pit with your mates that you "f*ckin' love man", but it's always good to have science on your side.

As this TikTok by Songspych explains, the ideal human tempo (i.e. the tempo at which we most naturally perform simple repetitive movements) is 120bpm. 

Coincidentally, the bpm of most house music falls between 115 - 130 bpm. 

Intereeeesting.

Research by The Glasgow Insight Into Science and Technology (TheGIST) showed that the build-ups and drops in house music are intensely rewarding for the body.

Basically, when we hear a build-up in music, our body anticipates a sick drop coming up and therefore prepares for it, which can make you feel excited and tense. 

When the drop arrives, your body reacts to it and assesses whether it is worthy of releasing a dopamine hit. If it is, you feel awesome and just can't contain yourself, if not, it can be one of the most disappointing feelings in the world.

TheGIST also said that the social aspect of listening and dancing to house music in a crowd is good for you. It is never a bad thing to get a boogie on to some good house choooones with your mates. 

Dancing releases endorphins and house music releases dopamine, so dancing to house music is a doubly euphoric experience.

When in a room full of others enjoying themselves and dancing a collective positive mood can be generated due to our brains subconsciously mimicking the perceived emotions of those around you.

MN2S (International Music and Talent Agency) also researched how your brain reacts to house music and found that "the repetitive patterns and ambient soundscapes are unobtrusive and stimulating, aiding concentration without distracting." So you can even justify chucking on house music when you need to have a late-night study sesh.