Making Music Together – A Special Bond Facilitated by Our Social Brains

Making music together opens a unique route for inter-personal synchronisation that facilititates social bonding. This inter-personal synchronisation is enabled via the release of dopamine and oxytocine – hormones associated with reward and bonding, and via neural co-activation and synchronisation of brain networks implicated in social interaction, empathy and mentalising.

Link to the original, free access, article by David Greenberg, Jean Decety, and Ilanit Gordon can be found here

Background artwork: Bryan Christie Design Overlay design: Dr. David M. Greenberg. Article Source: Neuroscience News

David M. Greenberg Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University Department of Music, Bar-Ilan University Autism Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
Jean DecetyDepartment of Psychology, University of Chicago
Ilanit GordonDepartment of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Sciences Center, Ramat Gan, Israel