This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

Category: Music
Author: Daniel J. Levitin


by smoe   2020-04-25
I have seen it being referred various times that musical interest and emotional connection to it really develops and peaks around the age 14


I think the book "This Is Your Brain on Music" also talks about it, but I haven't read it yet.

I have never dug deeper on it, but it rings very true for my own case and friends I talked with about it. To the music that awed me when I was a teenager, most intensely so Scandinavian melodic death metal, I still to this day have a stronger emotional reaction than anything I listen to before or after that period of my life. Even tough I don't listen to those songs anymore that often and there are plenty of modern songs in similar styles that I do think are better in many aspects, that just don't have the same goosebumps effect anymore.

And I think the main difference here is me, not the music that has changed, that has gotten better or worse.