Music is a fundamental attribute of the human species. Virtually all cultures, from the most primitive to the most advanced, make music. It's been true through history, and it's true throughout an individual's lifespan.
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This feature is part of Music and Your Mind, a series exploring how music affects your brain. Read part 2 on healing and part 3 on torture. CNN Music is present in every part of our lives. Our spiritual rituals are framed with songs, children learn the alphabet through song and the malls and cafes we visit during our leisure time are rarely silent. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. But just how much can this ever-present thing impact us -- and the way we act and feel? Research suggests music can influence us a lot.
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