Sonic Science: Your brain on music
624 participants. 9.7K minutes of music. New findings for advertisers on why music matters.
Ever hear a song that brings you right back to a certain moment? Or wonder why you can’t remember what you ate for breakfast yesterday, but you do remember every word to that chart-topping rap song from ten years ago? Or why the right playlist makes doing your chores…kinda fun? We wanted to learn more about music’s impact on our brains and subconscious, so Spotify partnered with research firm Neuro-Insight to create Sonic Science, our largest study to date of how music—including different genres—triggers engagement, emotional intensity, memory, and more. For listeners, music helps get in touch with their emotions, boost their mood, and connect with others. For advertisers, it’s a powerful environment for reaching audiences at the right time, when they’re primed and ready to remember your message.
of participants agreed music lifts their moodSource: Neuro-Insight Power of Audio Post SST Survey, June 2021, N=273, % people agree with the statement
of participants said music makes the mundane more interestingSource: Neuro-Insight Power of Audio Post SST Survey, June 2021, N=273, % people agree with the statement
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