Had Any (Music) Lately?

Good vibrations as beneficial as sex and food, doc says
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 18, 2007 7:18 PM CDT
The effect of music on the brain could rival the pleasures of sex and food.   (Shutterstock.com)
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(Newser) – Listening to music can unleash the same "feel good" brain chemicals as eating or having sex, researchers have found. Now neuroscientist Daniel Levitin—a former rock producer—says he has located the 'sex, drugs and rock n' roll center of the brain,' after pulling together research to be published this year, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Levitin, who worked with Stevie Wonder and the Grateful Dead, says music is at the heart of creating moods and reactions. And he recommends different kinds of music for different activities. Some of the doc's top picks: Avril Lavigne for exercise, the Postal Service for romance, Sarah McLachlan for chores, and Doc Watson or John Coltrane for studying.