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Yes it’s true. Music can act on the brain the same way addictive pleasures do. This explains why rock stars are the first in line for any and all mind altering substances.

Sex, drugs and Rock n’ Roll all affect the same areas of the brain.

You Can Thank McGill University

Cognitive psychologist Daniel Levitin and his students found that when mapping the brain they found that musical pleasure affected the same areas opioids do.

“In the new study, Levitin’s team at McGill selectively and temporarily blocked opioids in the brain using naltrexone, a widely prescribed drug for treating addiction disorders. The researchers then measured participants’ responses to music, and found that even the participants’ favorite songs no longer elicited feelings of pleasure.

The Proof Is In The Pudding

(Photo by Tom Egelhoff)

I am living proof of this phenomenon. Rock and roll came along when I was in 7th or 8th grade.

Bill Haley and the Comets were on the radio with Rock Around The Clock. If my parents were still living I’m sure they could confirm that it was not long after the introduction of Rock N’ Roll that I started flipping out.

Add in that male hormones were also off the chart and you have a personality open to musical addition.

I even went so far as to spend 6 years in a band (left) just to get my fix. I was hopelessly addicted to the G-Em-C-D chords.

Some Final Thoughts

I guess if you live long enough all your actions eventually come to light and you begin to understand what a nut case you are and why.

I for one commend Daniel and his group for finally parting the clouds for me.

I’m gonna slap my In A Godda Da Vita LP on the old turntable and spend 17 minutes getting a super 60s high. I might even play it twice.

Later dudes.

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