Familiar Toe-Tapping Songs are Good for Your Brain

Scientists in Japan looked at how brain activity is affected by music that's got a "groove" to it.

A new study found listening to songs you love is good for your ol’ noodle. Especially songs that make you tap your feet. Scientists in Japan looked at how brain activity is affected by music that’s got a “groove” to it and they found it has a positive effect on our pre-frontal cortex. That’s a part of the brain that helps with planning, self-control, short-term memory, and abstract thinking. The one catch is it doesn’t work that well with songs you’ve never heard before. It has to be a toe-tapping song you already know and love.