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How Music Can Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Healthier

01/07/2016 at 12:47 | Men's Health

The opening chords to “Racing in the Street” still makes the hair on my arms stand up.

I first heard Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform this song 31 years ago, so nostalgia is a factor, no doubt. But every time I hear it, I’m transported, dazzled, exhilarated. There are quivers down my backbone.

Such is the power of music over me. And music, whatever you listen to, has a similar hold on nearly all of us-it’s insidious, ubiquitous, and irresistible.

“We’re musical beings,” says Teresa Lesiuk, Ph.D., an assistant professor of music therapy at the University of Miami. “It’s like we’re hardwired for music. We’re ready to take it in, we’re ready to interact with it.”

Moreover, the experts I spoke with-neurologists, musicologists, guitarists-all agree that man is probably exposed to music more frequently now than at any time in history.

Companies have been messing with your vulnerable synapses for decades through shopping soundtracks and commercial jingles.

But you too can tap into music’s power (minus the amplifiers and overpriced tickets) if you want to work more efficiently, train harder, think quicker, and maybe even live longer.

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