Music is a profoundly human experience; it provides context to our lives and helps us connect in ways words cannot. Friedrich Nietzsche put it best when he stated, “without music, life would be a mistake.” However, we often overlook how music is neurologically woven into our brains, as we don’t usually associate our brains with music, but instead our hearts. Bobby McFerrin, whose name might sound familiar if you’ve heard the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” shows that the brain and music are tied much closer than we think in this very short, very entertaining TED Talk.

There’s a lot of research on what influence music has on the emotional parts of the brain, but, pointed out by McFerrin in this video, the problem-solving parts of the brain are engaged by music as well.

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